‘Doctor Strange’ Actress Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses

Marvel Actor Child Abuse
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Zara Phythian, an actress who worked alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s feature film Doctor StrangeĀ has been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl with her husband Victor Marke.

According to BBC,

Phythian, who is 37, was found guilty of 14 sexual offences at Nottingham Crown Court while her husband, who is 59, was found guilty of 18…The prosecution said he had engaged in numerous “threesomes” with the girl and Phythian, starting when the girl was 13.

Zara Phynthian, Doctor Strange

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While the 13-year-old victim is now an adult, Phythian was found guilty of fourteen counts of sexual activity with a child from 2005 through 2008 when the girl in question was 13, 14, and 15 while her husband received additional charges for acts in 2003 and 2005 on another underage girl.

“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 from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). “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.”

Phythian's Character, Doctor Strange

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A martial arts instructor, Phythian appeared in Marvel’sĀ Doctor StrangeĀ (2016) in the minor yet significant role of one of the zealots aligned with the film’s antagonist Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). There has been no word yet from Marvel on the matter and it should be noted that the abuse occurred years before she was called upon to partake in the role and there does not appear to be any evidence suggesting the crimes occurred during filming.

Meanwhile,Ā Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessĀ is in theaters now.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor Marvel-related news, and we will update our readers as more information comes to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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