The actress who appeared in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie in 2016, Zara Phythian, and her husband have been found guilty of se*ually abusing a 15-years-old girl. She has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Her husband Victor Marke was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
"Whilst you denied in cross-examination that you were besotted with Victor Marke, on the evidence I have heard I am in no doubt that your deviance was shaped by the influence that he had upon you from an early age," the judge told Phythian (via BBC News).
Senior investigating officer Parminder Dhillon released a statement: "I want to thank the two victims who have shown great courage in coming forward and talking about their ordeal. Although no punishment handed down by a court can undo the lifelong damage caused to them, I do hope they take some degree of comfort from the knowledge that justice has now been done."
Zara was "at the height of her success"
Francis McGrath, who represented Zara, said she was "at the height of her success," when victims claimed she and her husband had se*ually abused them. He added: "Throughout 2016, you would be aware from national media and social media posts, she (Zara Marke) was enjoying unprecedented personal and professional success in a motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
On December 4, 2016, at the height of her success, you made a complaint" The first victim told the court that what Marke did to her "nearly broke my mum" In a victim impact statement read to the court, the second victim thanked the first woman for telling the police.
She added she had been a "cheeky and socially awkward" 13-year-old who was an easy target for the pair. "You robbed me of my innocence, corrupted me... leaving me unable to create good and balanced relationships," she said.
As she was led away to the cells, Phythian waved at the public gallery where a woman shouted: "I love you, Zara."