Dr Strange actress and husband await verdict on child sex charges

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A jury is considering its verdicts in the case of an actress and her husband charged with historical child sex allegations.

Zara Phythian and Victor Marke are accused of jointly abusing a girl in her early teens between 2005 and 2008.

Marke is also accused of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl between 2002 and 2003.

Phythian, 37, is a martial arts instructor who appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the character Brunette Zealot in 2016 Marvel film Dr Strange.

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She told the court she had no sexual contact with the girl. She denies 14 counts of sexual activity with a child.

Marke, 59, also a martial arts instructor, said he’d had sexual contact with one of the alleged victims when she was over the legal age of consent.

He denies 14 counts of sexual activity with a child and four counts of indecent assault.

Both defendants are from the Mansfield area of Nottinghamshire.

The jury at Nottingham Crown Court retired to consider their verdicts on Tuesday morning.

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