British woman, 19, & # 39; who called gang rape on 12 Israeli teenagers & # 39; arrives in court
British woman, 19, & # 39; that gang rape on 12 Israeli teenagers cried before she changed her story & # 39; arrives at the court covered in a hoodie to sue public calamity
- The British woman, 19, said she was raped by 12 Israelis in Aiya Napa, Cyprus
- But all the suspects were released after she changed her story to say that the group had filmed her without consensual sex without her permission
- She is now accused of public calamity and is behind bars for up to a year
- She appeared in court on Wednesday morning in Cyprus for a plea
A British woman accused of falsely claiming to have been raped by a group of Israeli teenagers while she was on holiday in Cyprus for a plea.
The 19-year-old – who MailOnline chose not to call it – hid her face under a black hoodie when she was led to court by a female police officer on Wednesday morning.
The woman ignored questions from reporters when she got out of a police van at the court in Paralimni.
A 19-year-old British woman accusing 12 Israeli teenagers of group rape before changing her story and saying they had filmed her without her permission appeared in court in Cyprus on Wednesday
The Brit had to plead before a judge for a single charge for public calamity, which allowed her to be imprisoned for up to a year
The Briton is dressed entirely in black and will appear before a judge to make a plea for a single indictment for a calamity involving a maximum of one year's imprisonment.
In her original rape, the woman claimed that she was being held and attacked by up to 12 teenagers in a hotel in the popular resort of Ayia Napa.
Three men admitted having had sex with the woman, but claimed it was consensual. DNA results showed that they had sexual contact.
Police arrested 12 Israelis for interrogation and took DNA samples.
Five were released into custody after almost a week and the other seven were released when the woman changed her story.
Police now say she admitted having consensual sex with three of the men, but was upset when part of the group filmed her without her permission.
The woman's lawyers have argued that although she is not the victim of rape, as she first claimed, she is still the victim of revenge porn after images of her sexual encounter ended up online
A British pressure group has also suggested that the girl was forced to change her story after an intense eight-hour interrogation session by the Cyprus police
The images have since been distributed online and have ended up on porn sites.
While the Israeli teenagers returned to a heroes welcome, the woman was arrested and detained in a detention center in Nicosia.
Her third appearance in court comes after a UK-based lawyer said she had withdrawn her allegation of group rape only after she was forced to change her statement after eight hours of questioning at the police station.
According to the pressure group Justice Abroad, the woman would have told friends and relatives that she had received a statement to sign that she had invented the allegation of group rape.
A previous hearing was postponed and her appearance today will give the woman a plea.
One of the accused of rape was able to prove that he was not present by showing the police a "selfie" taken with his girlfriend when the alleged rape took place.
The police in Cyprus denied that the woman was forced to withdraw her complaint.
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