A Mooseheads bouncer booted out a "rowdy" former rugby union player not long before the clubgoer allegedly led the gang rape of a 22-year-old, a court has been told.
Simon Vunilagi is among four men on trial in the ACT Supreme Court over the alleged assault, which a woman says happened on the morning of November 3 last year and left her scratched and bloody.
She says she met Mr Vunilagi, 45-year-old Josefa Navunisinu Masivesi, 22-year-old Isimeli Ilimeleki Natuwawa Vatanitawake, and 25-year-old Ratu Jone Pio Macanawai on a night out at Mooseheads in Canberra city.
From there, she says she went with the group to Mr Masivesi's Northbourne Avenue unit, where each of the men raped her and Fijian music drowned out her cries and screams.
All four men categorically deny the allegations; their lawyers pointing to inconsistencies between the woman's police statement and her court testimony.
On Wednesday, Mr Vunilagi's barrister Katrina Musgrove questioned the recollection of a Mooseheads security guard, who said he was there that night and saw the woman looking scared in Mr Vunilagi's clutches.
"She did the thumbs up back to me ... but it was weird," the bouncer said.
"[Her look] was like, 'Yes, all good', but it wasn't all good - you know what I mean?"
The security guard said he'd clocked off work by the time he approached the group, but had decided to stick around in case something "popped off" as Mr Vunilagi was getting rowdy.
He said the former rugby union player pushed another clubgoer while he was still holding the young woman. She's previously agreed with lawyers' suggestions she voluntarily embraced and kissed Mr Vunilagi at Mooseheads that night, as well as Mr Vatanitawake.
The bouncer said he and other security guards kicked out Mr Vunilagi, who walked himself out of Mooseheads. He said both Mr Vunilagi and the alleged victim were "really drunk" - an observation Ms Musgrove took issue with.
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The barrister said if the alleged victim was drunk, the bouncer would have told police as much in his statement.
He responded: "[I probably didn't tell police because] it's not a good look for me as a guard [and for] a nightclub to be letting people in when they're really drunk."
Ms Musgrove suggested to the bouncer that he also didn't tell police the woman appeared to be scared because he didn't really get that impression on the night. He responded "maybe".
She suggested to a second witness, a friend of the alleged victim, that she'd collaborated with the young woman to create a suitable narrative about what was said after the alleged gang rape, ahead of the friend making a statement to police.
The trial continues.