“Doctor Strange” actress and husband convicted on charges of sex with 13-year-old

Zara Phythian, an actress in the “Doctor Strange” series, has been convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, the BBC reported. 

Phythian and her husband, Victor Marke, were on trial in the U.K. for abusing the girl between 2005 and 2008.

The actress, 37, was found guilty on 14 sexual offenses in Nottingham Crown Court for grooming and abusing the girl.

Marke, 59, was found guilty of 18 counts, including four counts of indecently assaulting a different 15-year-old girl between 2002 and 2003.

Prosecutors said the couple had engaged in “threesomes” with the girl starting when she was 13.

Marke was Phythian’s martial arts instructor; she’s since gone on to have a successful career in the movies as a stuntwoman and actress, including parts in the “Doctor Strange” Marvel franchise.

The couple married in 2015. Marke claimed he only had sex with one of the girls, and only after she was 18. Phythian denied having any sexual relations with the victims.

Both of the women came forward some time after the crimes were committed.

“I knew it was wrong, but I just didn’t know how to get out of the situation or say anything,” the victim both Phythian and Marke were accused of assaulting said in court.

The couple had been out on bail, but Judge Mark Watson ordered them into custody after the verdict. They’re to be sentenced on May 16.

“Both of you know the sentence I pass on May 16 is likely to be measured by a considerable period of custody,” the judge said.

Officials lauded the women for coming forward after all these years.

“This abuse may have occurred some years ago, but that makes it no less serious and nor is it a barrier to justice,” said Nicole Hepburn of the Crown Prosecution Service, who said the couple were “exposed as the true liars.”

“I would encourage anyone who has been abused in the past to come forward with the knowledge that the CPS will take your case seriously.”

“I want to thank the two victims who have showed great courage in coming forward and talking about their ordeal,” said senior investigating officer Parminder Dhillon.

“Although no punishment handed down by a court can undo the lifelong damage caused to them, I do hope they take some degree of comfort from the knowledge that justice has now been done.”