Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has responded to claims that he hid his HIV status from his ex partner by saying it wasn't initially brought up during their relationship and he was never asked.
Ian Baum is suing Mr Thomas – also known as Alfie – for £150,000 in damages after claiming he hid his HIV status from him and failed to take reasonable care to ensure he did not pass it on. In his defence documents, submitted to the High Court, Mr Thomas accuses his ex of sleeping around and having lied about already having HIV when they they began their relationship in October 2013.
Mr Baum has accused the ex-British and Irish Lions captain of removing labels from his HIV medication and of using controlling and coercive behaviour to stop his HIV status from being disclosed.
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Mr Thomas denies all allegations in a 15-page document which states the couple did not have penetrative sex for the first four months of their relationship because he had an injury.
Mr Thomas' defence says: "It is denied that the defendant deliberately concealed his positive status, he was never asked by the claimant if he was HIV positive, and he never denied that he was." However, it adds: "It is admitted that the claimant did not expressly consent to the risk of HIV transmission from the defendant."