Ben Stokes ‘flicked cigarette butt’ at gay couple

Ben Stokes 'flicked cigarette butt' at gay couple

All-rounder Stokes, 27, is accused of affray after a brawl on 25 September outside Mbargo nightclub in Clifton Triangle, Bristol.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Stokes punched Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, both 28, unconscious after charging at them from across the road.

Stokes claims Hale and Ali were making homophobic remarks about a gay couple and he came to their defence.

But the lead doorman at Mbargo told the court that Stokes was using bullying behaviour towards the couple, mimicking them as they spoke in an extravagant way.

Andrew Cunningham also told the jury he saw Stokes flick his cigarette butt at the couple, and stepped in, saying Stokes should start on him instead.

He said he had refused to let Stokes and fellow England cricketer Alex Hales back into the club just after 2am, adding that they offered him money despite licensing laws forbidding entry after 2am.

The heavily tattooed bouncer said The ginger one [Stokes] offered me £60 and asked me if that would get them in.

He had a conversation with his friend and he said ‘£300, get us in’, and I still told them no.

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He said Stokes and Hales mentioned his gold teeth and said he looked like a c***, but he wouldn’t rise to it.

Stokes told him his tattoos were s***, he added.

CCTV footage shown to the court allegedly shows Stokes flicking a v-sign at Mr Cunningham.

However, he said he did not think Stokes had been excessively drinking and did not seem drunk.

The doorman said he refused to shake Stokes’ hand as he walked away, which he thought annoyed the cricketer.

Film student Max Wilson, who lives in a flat on the triangle, filmed some of the fight after he was woken up.

He told the jury the group of six men were clearly drunk, sounded like football hooligans and were aggressive.

In the footage he is heard saying f***, which he said was in reaction to such a forceful punch.

Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham; Ali, of Bristol; and Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, each deny a joint charge of affray.

Stokes missed the Ashes after being suspended from the England team, which then lost the series against Australia 4-0.

He was reinstated and has since played in the Test series against New Zealand, Pakistan and, on Saturday, starred as England beat India at Edgbaston.

However, he will not be able to play in the second test against India at Lord’s this week and next.

The trial continues.

News Source SkyNews

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