DOCTOR Strange star Zara Phythian and her husband have today been found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.
The Hollywood actress was accused of plying the teen with Captain Morgan dark rum before making her perform a sex act on husband Victor Marke during a three-year reign of terror.
Hollywood actress Zara Phythian and husband Victor Marke were accused of abusing a girl in her early teensCredit: LNP
The youngster said she was then abused once or twice a month, and felt “trapped” by the couple.
Martial arts and Taekwondo “master” Marke, 59, allegedly had sex with her about 20 times on different occasions.
Nottingham Crown Court was told Marke branded the allegations “paedophile s**t” when quizzed by officers after his arrest.
He said he was “really angry” to be accused, and told officers: “If you’re trying to say I’m a paedophile, I’m not.”
Marke said he’d had consensual sex with the teen when she was 18 – something his wife only discovered during her police interview, it was heard.
Phythian told detectives she’d never had any form of sexual contact with the girl, calling the allegations “bulls**t”.
However, the star, 37, admitted having an x-rated sex kit – including videos of her having sex with other men – when questioned.
Phythian, who was 19 when she first got together with Marke, said they’d filmed their sex life with a Go Pro camera and were into swinging.
Upon discovering her husband had revealed he’d had sex with her accuser, she said she felt “confused”, adding that she’d “liked to have known about it”.
The teen alleged she’d regularly stay with the couple at their home.
On one occasion, Phythian – also a martial arts expert – gave her rum before asking if she wanted to play “dares”, it was heard.
Marke then had sex with Phythian and the girl, it was claimed.
The complainant told officers the abuse continued until she turned 18.
It included Marke asking her to record him and Phythian together in an “attempt to recreate pornographic scenes”, it was heard.
Phythian, of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, would have been 20 or 21 around the time the alleged abuse started, while Marke, of Ravenshead, near Mansfield, was 42 or 43.
Phythian braded the allegations “ridiculous” as she gave evidence in her defence, telling jurors: “That sexual activity that she described did not happen and is fabricated.”
But the complainant wept as she told jurors how she finally revealed her “darkest secret”.
Officers had visited her mum’s home to say another girl had claimed she was abused by Marke.
The complainant said she “would never have come forward” and planned to “die with my shame”.
But she had recently become a mum, and felt she had “no option to speak my truth”, she said.
Phythian and Marke denied 14 counts of sexual activity.
Marke also faced four further charges of indecent assault against a second teen.
They were today found guilty of all charges.
Judge Mark Watson remanded both defendants in custody until a hearing to decide on bail or sentence at 2pm.
Previously, Phythian told the court how she was “spotted” while taking part in a martial arts tournament in the US, after which she took part in Guinness World Record attempts on Sky TV, and did “lots of stunt work”.
She then began “working her way up the ladder” – and in 2016 was successful in auditioning for the role of ‘Brunette Zealot’ in Doctor Strange, which grossed $677m at the box office.
The couple denied 14 counts of sexual activityCredit: LNP
Marke also faced four further charges of indecent assault against a second teenCredit: SWNS
Phythian featured in Marvel film Dr Strange alongside star Benedict CumberbatchCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk