Tweed to stand trial on rape charge

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The widower of reality TV star Jade Goody was ordered to stand trial today accused of raping a teenager.

Jack Tweed allegedly met the 19-year-old at a West End nightspot before taking her to his home in Brandesbury Square, Repton Park, Woodford Green, east London.

The 22-year-old, who was not present when his case was briefly mentioned at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court, has already indicated through counsel that he will deny the charge when a plea and directions hearing is held on 22 December.

The club promoter, who is in custody, will appear via a video link.

A co-defendant, Anthony Davis, 25 of Stradbroke Drive, Chigwell, Essex, who was at court today accused of raping the teenager, will be arraigned with him.

Judge David Radford, who "provisionally" fixed their two-week trial for 12 April, told the estate agent he could remain on bail.

Tweed married Big Brother star Jade, 27, shortly before she lost her battle against cervical cancer in March.