A MAN accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder had earlier joked about rape saying: “It is not that bad”.

Kristian Stevenson, 20, is said to have got on top of the alleged victim and also praised her “amazing body”.

The woman said she twice told Mr Stevenson: “Ow, no that hurts”, but he continued having sex with her.

Afterwards she said she curled up in a ball on her bed and Mr Stevenson came and put his hands around her asking if she was okay.

Asked by a detective in a video interview to describe how she felt, she said: “I am embarrassed. I feel guilty and disgusted.

“I don’t know what he [Mr Stevenson] is capable of, I never thought he would do something like this.”

The jury at Teesside Crown Court were read a series of text messages between the pair including one exchange where the woman, having begun a discussion about US president Donald Trump, asked Mr Stevenson: “So you think rape is ok?”

The defendant replied: “It is not that bad”, but later corrected himself saying he had been joking.

Following the alleged rape in November 2016 Mr Stevenson sent a text saying “Really sorry” when the woman said he had carried on having sex when she told him no.

He said: “I know I shouldn’t have, I don’t know what to say.”

In her evidence the woman said she had been okay with kissing and Stevenson touching her breasts, but anything further than that she had said no.

She said: “I don’t meet anybody and sleep with them straightaway.”

Chris Morrison, defending, questioned a number of aspects of the complainant’s account and said events had not happened the way the woman described.

He said the sexual activity had been consensual and when the woman made it clear she was uncomfortable his client stopped.

Mr Stevenson, of Northleach Drive, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, who met the woman twice, denies rape and sexual assault.

The trial continues.