Vicky Pryce has told Southwark Crown Court she had "absolutely no choice" but to take Chris Huhne's speeding points after "being worn down over a period of time" by her then-husband.
She said she "exploded" when realising she had been nominated as the driver of the vehicle and initially refused to sign the form, until Huhne brought the matter up a few days later.
She told Southwark Crown Court:
My husband was standing by the form which actually I had just left and abandoned myself on the table, maybe a couple of days earlier, with a pen in his hand, saying 'You have absolutely got to sign that. If you don't, the implications will be considerable' ... 'It's ridiculous you're not signing it, just sign here'.
Pryce said her name was already filled in and she just had to sign at the bottom. She told the jury:
I had no choice at the time because he was standing there saying 'This is it, this is the nomination form, you have got to sign this now'. I looked at this and realised I had absolutely no choice. I was already nominated. It looked like a complete fait accompli for me and for him. I had been worn down over a period of time and it looked to me like it was the only thing I could possibly do. It didn't look to me like I had any choice at all in the matter so I took this pen and signed, protesting all the time, but I did it.
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