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‘I thought she agreed’: father of two Scottish aristocrat who ‘sexually assaulted a woman in his stately home during a cocaine-fuelled 36th birthday party’, tells court he thought she gave him ‘green light’ to continue to go

  • Scottish aristocrat allegedly sexually assaulted a woman during a party
  • He believed he had been given a ‘green light’ by her, a court was told yesterday
  • Euan Tennant, 39, allegedly assaulted the woman while the couple were in bed with a friend in the Glen House mansion in July 2019
  • The alleged victim claimed Tennant was naked and began stroking her leg before sexually assaulting her

Euan Tennant, 39, allegedly assaulted the woman while the couple were in bed with a friend at the Glen House mansion near Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, in July 2019

A Scottish aristocrat who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at a drug-fuelled birthday party at his stately home believed she had given him the ‘green light’.

Euan Tennant, 39, is said to have assaulted the woman when the couple were in bed with a friend at the Glen House manor house near Innerleithen, Peeblesshire in July 2019.

The alleged victim alleged that Tennant stripped naked and began stroking her leg before sexually assaulting her while the couple lay in the “huge four-poster bed.”

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told an Edinburgh Sheriff Court jury earlier this week that she was forced to flee the bedroom in tears after Tennant allegedly assaulted her.

But the father of two, who inherited the 3,500-acre Glen estate after his mother died in 2018, said he believed he had been given “non-verbal cues” to intimately touch the woman.

Tennant told the court that he and the woman had discussed the importance of consent between men and women before crawling into bed next to her and her boyfriend.

He said, ‘I was sitting on a stool and I said, ‘Is it all right that I can sit on your bed?’ They both said yes. I then asked if I could come into bed with them. They said yes.’

He told the court that he was “pleasantly surprised by this beautiful young woman” when they first met and admitted that he was romantically interested in her despite her being in a relationship.

He added: “As I turned to turn off the light, I touched the back of her knee. I took my hand away and put my hand in the same place again.

“There was no sudden movement or no strong movement to beckon us to leave.

‘I saw that as a kind of amber to green’ [light].’

When the defense attorney asked Victoria Young if the woman agreed with his advances, Tennant said, “Yes, I believe she was.” Tennant admitted to taking his clothes off while he was in bed.

But the father of two, who inherited the 3,500-acre Glen estate after his mother died in 2018, said he believed he had been given

But the father of two, who inherited the 3,500-acre Glen estate after his mother died in 2018, said he believed he had been given “non-verbal cues” to intimately touch the woman.

Earlier, the alleged victim told the court she was invited by a friend to attend the two-day event at Glen House to celebrate Tennant’s 36th birthday. She said her boyfriend and Tennant had been close friends for about 15 years after meeting in college, but she hadn’t met him before attending the party in 2019.

The woman said she “felt safe he wouldn’t do anything” when she and her friend agreed to let him sleep in their bed. She told the jury that Tennant started touching her knee “within minutes of turning off the lights.”

She said she pretended to be asleep in an attempt to make him stop and that she was “frozen” with fear during the alleged attack. The woman said she was “sobbing” in bed and that Tennant continued the sexual assault.

The alleged victim then told the jury that Tennant had said, “I’m sorry if I offended you.”

Tennant, who lives in a farmhouse on the Glen Estate, inherited the mansion after his mother’s death in July 2018, but the estate and estate would be managed by his stepfather.

Surrounded by 3,500 acres of woodland, the 24-bedroom Glen House was built in the 19th century in Peeblesshire for industrialist Charles Tennant, who made his fortune from his chemical plant in Glasgow.

Tennant had bought the estate from banker Alexander Allan in 1852 for £33,140.

Princess Margaret was also a visitor to Glen House, where she met the man who had been her companion for eight years, Sir Roddy Llewellyn.

The trial for Sheriff Kenneth Campbell, QC, continues.

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