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Stokes 'behaved like a bully' towards two gay men

08 August 2018

According to reports, the footage showed a man allegedly grabbing the groin of another defendant right before the brawl took place on September 25, 2017.

England Cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court on August 6, 2018 in Bristol, England.

Stokes then got "verbally abusive", mocking Cunningham's gold teeth and tattoos, in a "spiteful" and "angry tone", the doorman told the court.

The court heard that when PC Alway said to Mr Stokes "a guy over there was covered in blood and I've been told you punched him", he replied "because he was abusing my two friends for being gay". Mr Barry appears to link arms with Mr Ali and is shrugged off and pushed away.

According to a report in NDTV Sports, the prosecution said that 27-year-old cricketer told the police that he intervened with Ali and Hale after overhearing "nasty homophobic language" and that he acted in self-defence when he perceived a threat of being hit with a bottle.

Prosecutors allege that trouble flared after Stokes and Hales caught up with Ali, Hale, O'Connor and Barry on a nearby street.

"While I was trying to stop the fighting, one of the males struck the other in the head with a clenched fist".

"In my statement I describe him as a gentleman with ginger or light brown hair".

Mr Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Mr Stokes, he added.

Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, read medical evidence of the injuries sustained by Hale and Ali in the alleged fight. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance and diagnosed as having suffered a fracture to the medial orbital wall on the left side of his face. He also had a cracked lower left molar.

Instead, he was watching new footage and evidence from the bouncer at the Mbargo nightclub, Andrew Cunningham.

Stokes' lawyer Gordon Cole said Barry and O'Connor had been "taking the mickey" out of Stokes' shoes.

Stokes offered £60 and then £300 to be let in, said Cunningham - an offer he refused.

Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

"I asked him, "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said.

Stokes 'behaved like a bully' towards two gay men