Prem ‘groper’ girl de­nies compo bid

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A WO­MAN who ac­cused a Premier League star of grop­ing her in a night­club has de­nied al­le­ga­tions she made up the story to win com­pen­sa­tion.

Former West Ham de­fender Manuel Da Costa, 25, was in the club’s VIP area when the wo­man, now 21, walked past him and he grabbed her crotch and breast, a court heard.

When she re­fused his ad­vances the Por­tuguese foot­baller punched her twice in the face, an of­fence he has ad­mit­ted.

In court, the wo­man, who can­not be named, was ac­cused of “over­re­act­ing” and hop­ing for com­pen­sa­tion, but she replied: “No, I did it be­cause if I go out to a night­club I shouldn’t have some­one in­vad­ing my space.”

Da Costa, ( above) who now plays for Rus­sian club Loko­mo­tiv Moscow, de­nies a sex­ual as­sault charge and claims that he had touched the bot­tom and shoul­der of the young wo­man to get her at­ten­tion as she passed him in the club.

The trial, at Snares­brook Crown Court, con­tin­ues.

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