TWO footballers branded rapists by a judge tried to buy their victim’s silence with three separate offers of money, she revealed today.
Denise Clair told how David Goodwillie and former Dundee Utd teammate David Robertson promised her up to £115,000 if she dropped her landmark civil court case against them.
And she claimed that when she snubbed the offer, Plymouth star Goodwillie’s lawyers tried to have her legal aid cut so she’d been too cash-strapped to continue.
But Denise said she rejected the approaches – with the last one coming just weeks before she launched her civl case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
The mum – who was awarded £100,000 in damages last week – said : “They tried to buy me off – not the action of men who still claim they did nothing wrong.
“And then, when they couldn’t, their lawyers tried to stop my legal aid to stop the case going ahead.
“Mercifully they failed. The three offers made to settle would all have involved me keeping quiet – it was their way of trying to gag me.”
Denise said she sued the pair after the Crown Office in Scotland refused to prosecute them.
She maintained they had raped her in an empy house in West Lothian in January 2011 after she blacked out following a boozy night on the town.
Judge Lord Armstrong ruled in her favour – rejecting Goodwillie and Robertson’s claims that she agreed to sex.
He said: “I find the evidence of the pursuer to be cogent, persuasive and compelling.”
The hearing heard how the men took advantage of Denise after they told a pub bouncer they were takeing her home to her mother.
Goodwillie, 27, and Robertson, 30 – now with Cowdenbeath – have always protested their innocence.
They have been frozen out by their clubs until bosses read the full report.
But Denise told the Sunday Post: “It was never about money. Truth doesn’t have a price.
“It was about exposing them for who they are.”
She added: “Now it’s over people should know the full trust about what was going on behind the scenes – and people can make up their own minds.
“Do innocent men who say they’ve done nothing wrong offer £115,000 to settle a case in private?”
Denise said she received the first offer in 2015. Then in July last year Goodwillie’s legal team offered her £50,000 including her legal expenses if she dropped the case.
Then less than a month before it began in October they made a third. She said she rejected them all.
She added: “Lord Armstrong awarded me £100,000 – less than the players wanted to buy me off with – and most of it will be swallowed up by legal costs.
“I don’t mind though.
“All that matters is that I am vindicated.
“I wanted the truth to emerge and no amount of money would have bought my silence or made up for the suffering I, and my family, endured.”
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