The depraved cop jailed for killing Sarah Everard faces a new probe over a sex assault on a drag queen.
The cross-dressing performer alleges he was in costume when Wayne Couzens started molesting him while he stood at a bar – then propositioned him to have sex in a dark alley.
And he claims the evil father of two even brazenly told him he was a police officer when he told him to stop.
More claims about Couzens, 48, have emerged since he was given a full-life prison sentence last month for the rape and murder of Sarah, 33.
He is alleged to have taken a prostitute to a wedding anniversary party because his wife could not make it. And on another occasion, it is claimed an escort turned up at his police station demanding cash from him.
The incident with the drag queen is alleged to have happened at a pub in Couzens’ hometown of Deal, Kent.
Three years later, in March, the fiend used Covid powers to falsely arrest and handcuff marketing executive Sarah in South London.
He put her in the back of his rented car and drove 80 miles to Kent – where he raped her and strangled her with his police-issue belt.
The drag queen did not go to police until he saw publicity about Couzens’ jail term, fearing that his claims would not be taken seriously.
Last night, he told The Sunday People: “It left me terrified to go out on my own. I recognised Couzens right away when I saw him on TV.
“I said to my partner ‘That’s him’. I feel so awful at what happened to Sarah.”
The alleged victim had gone to watch a band at the New Inn pub in Deal, which is close to where Couzens lived with his wife, Elena.
He said: “I was wearing a turquoise and silver leotard with beads showing off my legs, and I was wearing the same colour feather boa. I was getting served and this man said to me, ‘Are you having a good night?’. I went ‘Yes, thank you’ and I thought no more about it.”
The drag artist said he was leaning against the bar when Couzens began to touch him inappropriately on his backside.
He said: “Then he went round to my groin and I went, ‘Oi, stop that. My partner’s over there.’ He went ‘Do you know who I am?’ and I went, ‘Do you know who I f***ing am?’
“I told him my drag stage name and he said, ‘I’m a policeman.’ I said to him, ‘I don’t give a f*** who you are, you do not touch me.’
“After I calmed down a little bit, he went, ‘Do you want to go round the back where it’s dark and give me a bl**job and we can do things?’ I said to him, ‘I’ve told you, p*** off.’”
The man said he took his drink to the table and told his partner what had happened.
He went on: “I wanted to go to the toilet, so I said to my partner, ‘Will you come with me please, in case he’s still at the bar.’
“We went through the bar to the toilet and he had vanished. I’m only tiny, even in my heels. I’m much smaller than him.
“He was tall and had short crew-cut ginger hair and a short beard when I saw him. He was in blue trousers and a white T-shirt. It’s lucky I didn’t go outside. Can you imagine if I went down that alley? My partner has said to me, ‘You could have been stabbed in the alley and left somewhere else.’
“I haven’t told any of my friends about it – I’m embarrassed. Whenever I go out now, I stay close to my partner, I won’t wander. I don’t go to the bar on my own now.”
The alleged victim made a formal statement last Tuesday naming Couzens, who served with Kent Police from 2005 to 2009 and joined the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in 2011, then London’s Metropolitan force in 2018.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct is probing three incidents to establish if Couzens could have been arrested before his behaviour escalated.
A vetting check when he joined the Met failed to flag up that his car had been linked to an alleged indecent exposure incident in Kent in 2015.
Police were told a man had been spotted driving naked from the waist down – but no action was taken.
There were also reports Couzens indecently exposed himself twice in a McDonald’s car park in Swanley, Kent, just days before kidnapping Sarah.
The Met said the crime was “allocated for investigation” but not concluded by the time Sarah was killed.
It added it would “re-evaluate our approach to indecent exposure”.
Sarah’s mother Susan, from York, said last month:
“Our lives will never be the same. We should be a family of five but now we are four. Her death leaves a yawning chasm in our lives that cannot be filled.”
Couzens is also accused of showing off a prostitute at a wedding anniversary do with Met colleagues at a hotel, allegedly calling her his “bit of brass” who was with him because his “wife can’t make it”.
A guest who saw Couzens in the toilets said: “He was laughing about it and said to me, ‘You know how it is, sometimes you have to pay for it.’ He was always saying weird things about sex. He gave me the creeps.”
On another occasion it is claimed an escort turned up at Couzens’ station. She was demanding money and he sheepishly went with her to a cashpoint.
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And an ex-partner, who fled from Couzens when he was in his 20s, said he boasted of taking cocaine and ecstasy, wanted daily sex and kept handcuffs in a bedside drawer.
Last night, a Met spokesman said: “We can confirm the Met has received a crime report from Kent Police in relation to an allegation of sexual assault at a pub in Deal in summer 2018. Detectives are assessing the information and enquiries are ongoing.”
The spokesman declined to say how many other complaints against Couzens the force is investigating.
He added: “At this time, we have not identified anything that is of the same level of seriousness as the crimes he has been sentenced for.”