dr. Strange actress Zara Phythian faces jail because she and her husband found GUILTY of sexually abusing girl

Hollywood actress Zara Phythian faced jail time today after being convicted of child sex crimes

Hollywood actress Zara Phythian faced jail time today after being convicted of child sex crimes

Hollywood actress Zara Phythian was sentenced to prison today after being convicted of child sex crimes.

Phythian, 36, who starred in the 2016 Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl for three years, starting when she was 13.

She and her “master” Taekwondo husband Victor Marke, 59, were jointly charged with 14 historic counts of sexual activity with the girl.

Her husband was also charged with a quadruple assault on another girl between 2002 and 2003.

The couple had denied all charges, but a jury found them guilty after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Hollywood actress Zara Phythian faced jail time today after being convicted of child sex crimes

Hollywood actress Zara Phythian faced jail time today after being convicted of child sex crimes

Hollywood actress Zara Phythian faced jail time today after being convicted of child sex crimes

Phythian, 36, who starred in the 2016 Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl for three years, starting when she was 13.

Phythian, 36, who starred in the 2016 Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl for three years, starting when she was 13.

Phythian, 36, who starred in the 2016 Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl for three years, starting when she was 13.

Phythian (pictured with Benedict Cumberbatch) and her Taekwondo 'master' husband Victor Marke, 59, were jointly charged with 14 historic counts of sexual activity with the girl

Phythian (pictured with Benedict Cumberbatch) and her Taekwondo 'master' husband Victor Marke, 59, were jointly charged with 14 historic counts of sexual activity with the girl

Phythian (pictured with Benedict Cumberbatch) and her Taekwondo ‘master’ husband Victor Marke, 59, were jointly charged with 14 historic counts of sexual activity with the girl

MailOnline has uncovered disturbing details about how the origins of Victor and Zara’s own relationship follow a similar pattern to the nurturing that emerged during their trial.

The couple met when she was just 14 and he was 37 after she joined his School of Champions academy in Nottingham, which he had started with his ex-wife Juliet, and she started training under him.

She was 19 and he was 42 when they started a sexual relationship. His marriage to wife Juliet ended after his relationship with Zara became public.

At the time, he was regarded as one of Britain’s leading martial artists and was head of the World Congress of Martial Arts Association.

The trial heard that she had undergone a ceremony to become his “official disciple.” MailOnline can reveal that at the age of 17 Zara would have accepted Victor as her ‘master’ in an ancient Shaolin ceremony.

Court heard excerpts from Zara's police interrogation in which she described the allegations as 'bulls***'

Court heard excerpts from Zara's police interrogation in which she described the allegations as 'bulls***'

Court heard excerpts from Zara’s police interrogation in which she described the allegations as ‘bulls***’

After bowing to him and reciting some traditional verses, she would have sworn allegiance to him and vowed to do whatever he asked of her, even if it went against her own values.

A martial arts enthusiast who once trained with the pair, giving only his first name Bob, said, “The ceremony is taken very seriously in the martial arts world.

“Once you have accepted someone as your master, you must fully accept what they ask you to do or say. ‘It is as if you are a slave, because you are at the mercy of the master. You may not even think for yourself, for the master is your God.’

He added: “Victor took care of Zara as well as his other victims. He used his power and influence as a martial arts master to dominate and control young girls.”

Martial arts enthusiast Paul, who once trained with the pair, told MailOnline: “Zara was very good at martial arts and already had a black belt when she started at Victor’s academy.

‘He immediately radiated her and put a lot of time and energy into her development. It was clear she was his favorite student, and she adored the ground he walked on.’

He added: “It was very strange when we found out that he and Zara were in a relationship because of their age difference and the fact that he was such a senior martial arts figure. Juliet was devastated because she was left alone to raise their baby.”

MailOnline may also reveal that Victor and Zara were friends with another prominent martial arts master Paul Drury who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2015 for raping a girl shortly before her 13th birthday at his home and his academy Zara and Victor visited and performed in his Black Belt Academy in Dawlish, Devon around the time they committed their own crimes against their teenage victims.

Drury also posted a running interview with Zara in 2008 titled, “Looks like a model. Hits like Bruce Lee. The Zara story.’ Francis McGrath, who defended Victor, suggested that his two victims may have “conspired” with each other, saying the first girl had “given” the second girl’s name to detectives.

Jurors learned the alleged abuse started after the couple used the girl with Captain Morgan's dark rum, before Zara (pictured) 'daunted' her to perform a sexual act on Victor

Jurors learned the alleged abuse started after the couple used the girl with Captain Morgan's dark rum, before Zara (pictured) 'daunted' her to perform a sexual act on Victor

Jurors learned the alleged abuse started after the couple used the girl with Captain Morgan’s dark rum, before Zara (pictured) ‘daunted’ her to perform a sexual act on Victor

The abuse took place between 2005 and 2008 when the pair were martial arts instructors in Nottinghamshire before becoming a Hollywood actress.  Pictured: Mrs. Phythian aka Mrs. Marke as Zealot in Doctor Strange with Mads Mikkelsen

The abuse took place between 2005 and 2008 when the pair were martial arts instructors in Nottinghamshire before becoming a Hollywood actress.  Pictured: Mrs. Phythian aka Mrs. Marke as Zealot in Doctor Strange with Mads Mikkelsen

She is also the star of a number of martial arts action movies including Tribal: Get out Alive with another due out this year

She is also the star of a number of martial arts action movies including Tribal: Get out Alive with another due out this year

Ms Phythian as Zealot in Doctor Strange with Mads Mikkelsen (left). She is also the star of a number of martial arts action movies including Tribal: Get out Alive with another due out this year

He told the jury: ‘The two plaintiffs in this case are not independent of each other. It is not the case that two people independently went to the police and a connection was made.

“You cannot rule out the possibility that there may have been some form of collusion that has not been identified by the police. Mr Marke does not need to convince you that it did not happen. It’s a possibility we can’t safely eliminate.”

But both victims, who are now women, denied they had colluded in any way, and their claims were believed by the jury.

Prosecutor Ahmad Hossain QC told the jurors in his closing speech, ‘Is there any benefit to any of these women? What’s the point of making false accusations and doing this to yourself?

“You may feel that you are being drawn to the inescapable conclusion that they are telling the truth.

“If you look closely at them, you can come to the conclusion that you can be sure that what they said happened actually happened.”

He previously stated: “Both defendants commanded admiration and respect within the martial arts world and the prosecution case is that Victor Marke cared for these two separate plaintiffs when they were children and that he used his position of trust and authority to make them feel special.” so that he could satisfy his sexual urges.

“And it is the prosecution’s case that Zara Marke was part of that trial and that Zara Marke was alleged to have acted with Victor Marke.”

The second girl said she “never would have come forward” if the police had not approached her, and that she intended “to die with my shame.”

But she claimed she had recently become a mother and felt she had “no option to speak my truth” in an effort to avoid targeting someone else the same way she had been.

The court heard how Zara and Victor were greatly respected and admired within the martial arts world.

Zara testified and strongly denied any sexual activity with the girl, telling the court that she had “been lying to me the entire time I’ve known her.”

Source: New feed