A court has heard how a former take away owner accused of running a brothel involving under-age girls has claimed he was being framed for money.In evidence from police interviews, Carlisle Crown court was told that Azad Miah denied knowing that one of his alleged victims was 14.
Miah said he believed the girl was over 18 when he began a sexual relationship with her.
He said he only gave her money as "presents" and ended the relationship when he learned she was a drug addict.
He said her accusations were a way of blackmailing him because he was a family man with a wife and four children. He denied any sexual contact with another girl who claims he made advances to her when she was 16.
He said she caused a violent scene in his take away when he stopped one of his chefs from seeing her. He also denied having sex with another of his alleged victims who was 14 at the time and he denied knowing the others who have made allegations against him.
He faces charges of paying for sex with a child, inciting child prostitution and running a brothel at his former take away, The Spice Of India on Botchergate in Carlisle.He denies all the charges against him.