WIFE'S VIDEO SEX SHAME; Ex-husband tried to blackmail me over my five-in-a-bed romp.
Samantha Stone, 26, never imagined her role in a five-in-a-bed sex session would be known outside her bedroom - until the fall-out from her four- year marriage to a butcher ended up in court.
Former husband Julian St Quinton, 33, is accused of blackmailing her with the X-rated footage in a bid to take sole possession of the couple's pounds 100,000 three-bedroomed house on the Yorkshire coast after they split in 1997.
A jury was told he warned her to "back-off" from legal negotiations over a settlement and told her: "You know what I can do. You don't want your mum to get a nice present on Christmas Day morning?"
He also vowed to distribute a home-made video to employees at her father Trevor Stone's timber empire which has paid for the family's countryside mansion and wealthy lifestyle, the court heard.
The videos - which began two years into the marriage - showed the pair having group sex with neighbours Mike and Yvonne Gowland. On one occasion, the foursome let another man join in.
In another scene, blonde Miss Stone was filmed in a lesbian clinch with another woman called Nikki, "having intercourse involving a vegetable", Hull Crown Court was told.
Yesterday, Miss Stone said: "I did it to keep him happy, but he never held a gun to my head. I did those things because anything was better than just having sex with Julian on his own.
"I craved love from him because he did not show me love or affection. I did not feel loved by him until we had group sex.
"I would never do it again, but I knew what I was getting into. After a lot to drink I lost my inhibitions."
On the lesbian encounter, she said: "I can remember many things about being with Nikki. It was very nice. It was better than any sex I have ever had with Julian."
St Quinton even persuaded her to pose for an explicit photograph which was used in adult magazine Escort Readers' Wives column.
But when she went to the police to report the alleged blackmail threats, she
never expected to have to reveal these details.
Yesterday, she told the court how she tried to stop giving evidence, but the Crown Prosecution Service "wouldn't let me".
So the moment came yesterday when the bespectacled secretary had to reveal all to a judge and jury, which included four pensioners, and a packed public gallery - as her former husband looked on from the dock.
Close to tears, Miss Stone said: "I never realised how in-depth it was going to be. I find it difficult to tell 12 strangers about my private sex life.
"I went to the police because he was blackmailing me over what we had done as a couple. I did not know then that my sex life was going to be made public knowledge.
"But now I'm here, now I'm talking, now everyone is going to know about it, then maybe it is a good thing because I've got nothing to lose."
Miss Stone was forced to tell all under cross-examination by defence barrister Paul Genney when he claimed she made up a "yarn" because she was not satisfied with her pounds 15,000 share of a divorce settlement. She had destroyed the Escort magazine and a number of "provocative position" photographs when they split.
However, St Quinton kept the video in a safe at their home in Easington, near Hull, East Yorks.
They met when she was 16 and married three years later in 1993. They built their own home, but she moved out in May 1997, six weeks after they moved in.
Four months later, she started a relationship with married company director Richard Thompson who has left his wife and children, the court heard.
Miss Stone agreed she was "inhibited and enthusiastic" in the videos.
Breaking down, she said: "As far as my family, work colleagues and partner are concerned, they knew nothing of this until last month.
"Now everyone is finding out and it seems so unfair."
Miss Stone told how her husband wanted to experiment with other couples. She said they had group sex on four or five occasions with the Gowlands which later left her "sick".
But Mr Genney said that far from being sick, she used the film to "stimulate" herself in the lesbian session.
Miss Stone said: "I was drunk and it's possible in that state that I would be stimulated by the video, but to watch it in a sober state repulsed me.
"I was drunk and maybe something that would normally repulse me instead turned me on. Yes, the video was played and yes it was an aid to get sex over quicker with Julian."
Mr Genney said it was "impossible" for her to be blackmailed because: "Everyone in Easington was aware of you. Word had got around. It was common knowledge what you were about. Certainly, the other couples knew.
"In Escort magazine, it pictured you with a letter from `Sammy from Hull' and it was available at newsagents up and down the country. "How many `Sammys from Hull' have your kind of reputation?"
Miss Stone replied: "I do not have a reputation.. although I do now I suppose.
"In a small circle, everyone knew because we were all doing the same thing. In the magazine, you can't see my face.
"Yes, but you can see virtually everything else," said Mr Genney.
Miss Stone replied: "You're trying to say I'm a loose woman who slept with who knows what and everyone knew about it.
"My family still live here. Surely, if I had a reputation, my mother or twin sister would come to me and say something. No-one knew except the people who were doing it." She went to the police after receiving a phone call from a woman who warned: "You do not know me, but I know you. Get your solicitors to back off. I know what he's got. I've seen the video."
Miss Stone said: "I knew what Julian had. Up until then it was only between the two of us. Then there was a third party telling me to back off." She said phone conversations with her former husband also ended in threats.
St Quinton, of Blacksmiths Corner, Easington, denies between May 1 1997 and September 6 1999 making an unwarranted demanded on his former wife.
He told his next girlfriend Wendy Crowley that he had "a bombshell that would ruin Samantha Stone's family", Patrick Palmer, prosecuting said. He said another girlfriend, Laura Holmes, had made the threatening call to Miss Stone. The trial continues.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 23, 2000|
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