Wayne Couzens has been accused of sexually assaulting a drag queen three years before he murdered Sarah Everard.
The unnamed performer says he was stood at the bar in a pub near Couzens’ home in Deal, Kent, when the officer allegedly began touching him inappropriately.
Couzens, 48, was then said to have propositioned him for sex in an alley and boasted he was a police officer when he was asked to stop molesting him.
The convicted rapist and murderer faces a fresh investigation while behind bars, the Mirror reported.
His alleged victim, who was in costume at the time, told the newspaper’s Sunday People edition: ‘I was getting served and this man said to me, ‘Are you having a good night?’. I went ‘Yes, thank you’ and I thought no more about it.
The drag artist said he was leaning against the bar when Couzens began touching his backside before moving to his groin.
He added; ‘I went, “Oi, stop that. My partner’s over there.” He went “Do you know who I am?” and I went, “Do you know who I f***ing am?”
‘I told him my drag stage name and he said, “I’m a policeman.” I said to him, “I don’t give a f*** who you are, you do not touch me.”
‘After I calmed down a little bit, he went, “Do you want to go round the back where it’s dark and give me a b***job and we can do things?” I said to him, “I’ve told you, p*** off.”‘
The performer said he went over to tell his partner what had happened and asked him to accompany him to the toilet, only to find Couzens had vanished.
The performer, who recognised Couzens ‘right away’ when he saw him on TV, said the ordeal left him ‘terrified’ to go out on his own and insists on staying close to his partner whenever he does.
He did not approach police until he saw Couzens’ sentence reported in the news as he feared his claims would not be taken seriously, he added.
The police watchdog is already looking into three allegations against the 48-year-old to determine whether detectives missed chances to arrest or fire him before Sarah’s death.
His car was linked to reports of a man driving naked from the waist down in Kent in 2015, but a vetting check when he joined the VELOXNEWSpolitan Police in 2018 failed to flag this up.
He was also linked to two allegations of indecent exposure outside a McDonald’s in Swanley, Kent, days before the murder, prompting the Met to ‘re-evaluate’ its approach to that type of offence.
A spokesperson for the force said: ‘The MPS has received a crime report from Kent Police in relation to an allegation of sexual assault that allegedly occurred at a pub in Deal, Kent in the summer of 2018.
Detectives are assessing the information and enquiries are ongoing.
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