“Doctor Strange” actress Zara Phythian and her husband were convicted of sexual crimes against a 13-year-old by a British jury Wednesday.
Jurors took less than two days to find Phythian, 37, and her husband, Victor Marke, 59, guilty of having repeated sexual contact with a young girl, beginning when she was only 13 years old. The abuse began when Phythian and Marke gave the girl rum, and asked her to play a game of “dare” that ended in the couple having sex with the girl.
The victim told the court that she believed that she was being “coached” by Phythian to get better at sex, including oral sex and full intercourse.
Phythian was in her early 20s when the girl was abused roughly 20 times between 2005 and 2008, and some of the encounters were recorded on video.
A total of 14 charges were leveled against Phythian and Marke and the couple was told they would get a “considerable period in custody” when sentenced next week.
Phythian, who also goes by her married name “Zara Marke,” has denied all of the charges. Her husband admitted to having sex with the girl, but maintains that she was 18 at the time and that he was alone with her.