Former model Norman Scott told a hushed courtroom today that former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe hugged him, called him "poor bunny" and made homosexual love to him.
"He said I looked like a frightened rabbit . . . and he puts his arm around me," Scott said in a trembling voice, relating events he said happened one night in 1961 at the home of Thorpe's mother.
Scott spoke on the 10th day of Thorpe's trial in which he and three codefendants are charged with conspiring to murder Scott. The men have pleaded innocent. Thorpe has denied the homosexual allegation.
"He just hugged and and called me 'poor bunny' . . . He got into bed with me," Scott said, "He was hugging me."
When prosecuting attorney Peter Taylor asked him how he reacted to what Thorpe was doing, Scott hung his head, paused, then said in a quiet voice: "I just bit the pillow. I tried not to scream because I was frightened of upsetting Mrs. Thorpe."
The lovemaking had taken place at the home of Thorpe's mother, Mrs. Ursula Thorpe, Scott said.
Thorpe, 50, leader of the small Liberal Party from 1967 to 1976, and the three condefedandts are charged with conspiring to murder 39-year old Scott between 1973 and 1977. Thorpe lost his bid for reelection to the House of Commons in the general election earlier this month.
Scott, wearing a brown blazer, dark brown pants, blue check shirt and dark blue tie, looked and sounded nervous as he took the stand on the first day of his testimony.
He coughed nervously as he took the oath and several times was asked to speak louder because the jury could not hear.
Scott said he first met Thorpe in the early 1960s while he was working as a riding instructor.
At this point Scott started weeping in the witness box and his voice became almost inaudible as he told how he lay crying in bed cudding his dog after Thorpe had left.
After returning to London, Scott said, Thorpe told him to get a room and some clothes and "anthing else I needed" and he would pay for them.
Scott said he went to a store and bought silk pajamas.
"Silk pajamas?" asked the judge, Justice Cantley.
"Well he said anything I needed," said Scott.
"You needed silk?" asked the judge, raising his eyebrows.
"Well, they were very reasonable," Scott replied.
Eventually, Scott said, he and Thorpe had an argument about sexual relations. "I said I wanted to get away from the whole thing. He tried to kiss me. I said I couldn't stand it. I said I would show him up in public. He said I couldn't hurt him because his friend was the director of public prosecution."
The prosecution says one abortive murder plan was to lure Scott to the United States, shoot him and dump his body in a secluded section in Florida. It says another involved the hiring of airline pilot Andrew Newton to shoot him on Exmoor, a bleak area with scrub vegetation in southwest England.
The prosecution says the reason Thorpe wanted Scott dead was that he feared Scott would reveal their alleged homosexual relationship in public and ruin Thorpe's political career.
The other accused are David Holmes, 48, former deputy treasurer of the Liberal Party and a close friend of Thorpe; John Le Mesurier, 46, a businessman; and George Deakin, 35, a club owner. Thorpe also is charged with inciting Holmes to kill Scott during the early part of 1969.
Each has pleaded innocent. If convicted they could be jailed for 10 years on each charge. The men are free on $10,000 bail. CAPTION: Picture, Norman Scott arrives to testify in Jeremy Thorpe trial. UPI