Newport spiritualist 'manipulated me into sex acts' - woman tells court

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A NEWPORT woman told a court how she was “brainwashed, manipulated and groomed” into stripping naked, performing sex acts on herself and sending explicit photos to a spiritualist who promised to put her in touch with her dead father.

The woman told Newport Crown Court that medium Karl Lang told her not to tell the police what was happening because he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, was “invincible” and nothing would happen to him, but he would stop her seeing her father in the afterlife.

The woman, in her 20s, described herself as “vulnerable”

and said Lang was an “abuser and manipulator”

taking advantage of the fact her dad died when she was young, that she never had a chance to say goodbye, and wanted to get closure and know he was safe.

Lang, 49, of Winchester Close, Newport, denies 12 counts of causing women to engage in sexual activity without consent, which are alleged to have occurred between November 2005 to September 2009, and involved two women.

The woman said she was “desperate” to contact her father and got in touch with Lang – who claimed to be able to speak to the dead and had performed an exorcism on one of her friends who thought she was possessed.

Lang was a much-respected medium who has been a guest speaker at churches including St Julian’s Spiritualist Church and told the woman she had a gift and would be able to have conversations in the spirit world, the court heard.

The jury was told the pair met weekly over a two-year period and the woman described her medium training as becoming more and more explicit as Lang told her to be “outrageous to please the spirits”.

She claims he told her some girls sent him explicit text messages, photos and videos of themselves to improve their medium skills, and though she said this made her “feel sick” she sent him eight naked photos of herself.

At every meeting the woman would be naked with her eyes closed, meditating for 30 minutes, with Lang telling her to imagine scenarios – like she was having sex with five men on a desert island.

The woman performed a sex act on herself for Lang, who allegedly told her that her father had contacted him and her medium skills were improving.

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