Mr Sheridan then turned to his and Ms Khan's first meeting. She said it had been at Saughton prison in Edinburgh and Mr Sheridan asked if she knew why he had been there. The witness replied that he was in prison because he had "protested against the poll tax." The witness was then asked if she and Mr Sheridan had ever discussed various issues, including racism in the media and Peter Mullen, the actor, and a friend of Mr Sheridan. She denied they had. He also asked her if she visited Scotland often, to which she replied she did, to which Mr Sheridan put to Ms Khan that there would have been nothing unusual in her coming to Glasgow in 2003 at the September weekend. The witness responded that on that particular weekend she was in Glasgow to go to Cupids in Manchester.
Mr Sheridan then brought into evidence Ms Khan's testimony at the 2006 libel trial. In her evidence then she had said that Mr Sheridan had arranged for Andrew McFarlane to pick her up from the airport on the 27th September 2002 and she had asked "how would I recognise him?" She had then testifiedthat Mr Sheridan had said "He will know you from your byline photo in the News of the World." Mr Sheridan put it to the witness that she had said this morning that she had already met Andy McFarlane, so why would she have said she would not have recognised him? Mr Sheridan put it to the witness" you've lied haven't you?" to which the witness responded "that is purely your opinion." With that exchange the court rose for lunch.
When the trial resumed Mr Sheridan continued to press on the issue of Ms Khan's testimony in 2006 that she would not have recognised Andrew McFarlane at Glasgow airport as she had met him in 2001. The witness replied that when they made the arrangement she was talking about Colin who she had never met and that as she had not co-operated with either side's lawyers in the 2006 trial she had not done any pre-cognition statements and had not "searched her memory." Mr Sheridan alleged she had said this morning that she had sex with Mr McFarland so she should have remembered him. Ms Khan retorted that she had "never said that" But agreed that he had visited her flat in 2001.
Mr Sheridan then moved onto Ms Khan's allegation that he had visited her at her friend's, flat in glasgow in 2001 and again brought up testimony she had made in the libel case, when said she had "only had" sex with Mr Sheridan in 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2002." The witness continued to insist her evidence had not changed, and when asked if she was a "fictional writer" responded with "does that mean I don't exist?" Mr Sheridan then asked about her reference (in this morning's testimony) that Mr Sheridan had paid for food with cash from a "A4 brown envelope" and called this a "scintillating detail someone would use to write a story" Which she denied.
Mr Sheridan then put it to Ms Khan that she was a "cunning liar" to which Ms Khan replied "Are your hurt" She then claimed she had not mentioned the envelope in her morning testimony (you can find an account of that Here ) to which Mr Sheridan said the "mask is beginning to fall off you" He then asked the witness about a statement she made to police in 2006. The witness denied she had made any statements to the police in 2006 and asked Mr Sheridan to "produce them please" Mr Sheridan then entered into evidence a police statement by Ms Khan dated 23/10/2006 to which the witness that she had "inferred that he had meant before the libel trial"
Mr Sheridan then asked if Elizabeth Quinn was a dear friend and if she was loyal. Ms Khan responded that her friends were loyal but would not lie to the court "like your's have" at this point Mr McBride QC, acting for Gail Sheridan, rose and asked if he could address the judge outside the presence of the Jury. The jury then left the court.
When the court resumed after the brief adjournment Mr Sheridan continued his questioning by asking about a statement Ms Khan had made at the 2006 that she had decided to have nothing to do with Mr Sheridan sexually since 2002. He read to the court the witnesses' statement to her where she had said that due to her fears of catching an STD from the defendant after the alleged visit to the Cupids club. Mr Sheridan put it to the witness that she had claimed they had sex after that date in her evidence that morning (at the flat of Elizabeth Quinn) Ms Khan stated that that was "not true" she had said that and claimed they had not had "full sex" them, but "had a snog and some foreplay."
Mr Sheridan then asked her to describe the layout of the Cupids club in Manchester which Ms Khan did in some detail. She then stated that she had in fact returned to Cupids around a month after Mr Sheridan's alleged visit, in the company of a man she called Ian and a group of his friends. When asked why she had not mentioned this in the first trial, Ms Khan said that she had never been asked.
Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if she had been paid by the News of the World for her original story. She said that she had not and that the fact she had not co-operated with the newspaper's lawyers had, she claimed made Bob Bird (the Scottish editor of the NotW) say that "some people would think it strange if I renewed your contract." She further stated she had felt under threat and under pressure. She was asked if she was angry at Bob Bird (the Scottish editor of the NotW) for this "blackmail" as Mr Sheridan put it. Ms Khan said she did not as Mr Bird had himself been under pressure and she "understood it."
Mr Sheridan concluded by asking the witness if she was claiming she had never benefited from this story. Ms Khan replied that the reality was "Exactly the opposite" and that she had been "box office poison for the last two years". With that the court ended for the day with Mr Sheridan due to continue his cross-examination of Anvar Khan tomorrow.