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Ex-partner accuses Bulger of pedophilia in trial

  • This pair of file photos shows Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, left, on Sept. 22, 2008, as he testified in a Miami court in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly; and James "Whitey" Bulger, right, in a June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. Flemmi, Bulger's alleged former partner serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to 10 killings, is expected to testify in Bulger's trial Thursday, July 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger, now 83, is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment and in playing a role in 19 killings in the 1970s and ‘80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang in Boston. (AP Photos/J. Pat Carter and U.S. Marshals Service, File)

    This pair of file photos shows Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, left, on Sept. 22, 2008, as he testified in a Miami court in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly; and James "Whitey" Bulger, right, in a June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. Flemmi, Bulger's alleged former partner serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to 10 killings, is expected to testify in Bulger's trial Thursday, July 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger, now 83, is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment and in playing a role in 19 killings in the 1970s and ‘80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang in Boston. (AP Photos/J. Pat Carter and U.S. Marshals Service, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis, right, brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger, center, as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind right, identified him as a drug user and informant at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013. U.S. federal judge Denise Casper, behind top left, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak, left, and Bulger defense attorney Hank Brennan, center left, are depicted in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    This courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis, right, brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger, center, as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind right, identified him as a drug user and informant at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013. U.S. federal judge Denise Casper, behind top left, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak, left, and Bulger defense attorney Hank Brennan, center left, are depicted in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis, right, brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger, center, as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind right, identified him as a drug user and informant at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013. U.S. federal judge Denise Casper, behind top left, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak, left, and Bulger defense attorney Hank Brennan, center left, are depicted in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    This courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis, right, brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger, center, as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind right, identified him as a drug user and informant at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013. U.S. federal judge Denise Casper, behind top left, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak, left, and Bulger defense attorney Hank Brennan, center left, are depicted in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This pair of file photos shows Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, left, on Sept. 22, 2008, as he testified in a Miami court in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly; and James "Whitey" Bulger, right, in a June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. Flemmi, Bulger's alleged former partner serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to 10 killings, is expected to testify in Bulger's trial Thursday, July 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger, now 83, is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment and in playing a role in 19 killings in the 1970s and ‘80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang in Boston. (AP Photos/J. Pat Carter and U.S. Marshals Service, File)
  • This courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis, right, brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger, center, as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind right, identified him as a drug user and informant at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013. U.S. federal judge Denise Casper, behind top left, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak, left, and Bulger defense attorney Hank Brennan, center left, are depicted in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
  • This courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis, right, brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James "Whitey" Bulger, center, as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind right, identified him as a drug user and informant at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013. U.S. federal judge Denise Casper, behind top left, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak, left, and Bulger defense attorney Hank Brennan, center left, are depicted in the courtroom. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
  • Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Steve Davis speaks to reporters about his sister, alleged murder victim Debra Davis, outside U.S. District Court in Boston, Monday, July 22, 2013, after the session of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder and racketeering trial ended for the day. Davis exploded in anger in court after Bulger's former partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi identified him as a drug user and informant. Davis jumped up and shouted across the courtroom, and Flemmi quickly tried to correct himself, saying he meant to identify another Davis brother. Flemmi also apologized. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON — The star witness at the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, the reputed gangster’s former partner, tried Tuesday to counter the defense’s claims that he’s a pedophile by lobbing the same accusation back at Bulger.

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi had acknowledged in testimony that he engaged in oral sex with his longtime girlfriend’s teenage daughter, Deborah Hussey, who had called him “Daddy.”

Flemmi also testified that Bulger strangled Hussey after she started using drugs, getting arrested and dropping their names when she got in trouble.

But Bulger’s lawyer Hank Brennan pressed Flemmi on his assertion and suggested that Flemmi, not Bulger, killed Hussey after she told her mother he molested her. Flemmi didn’t want to be seen as a pedophile, Brennan said.

But Flemmi said that if Brennan wanted to talk about pedophilia, “right over there at that table,” gesturing toward where Bulger was seated.

Bulger glanced at Flemmi but did not visibly react. Flemmi had told jurors earlier that Bulger once took a 16-year-old girl to Mexico with him. He did not say when that was.

Flemmi was in his fourth day testifying against the reputed Boston crime boss at Bulger’s racketeering trial. Bulger, 83, is accused of participating in 19 killings during the 1970s and ‘80s while leading the notorious Winter Hill Gang. He fled Boston in 1994 and was one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives until he was captured in California two years ago.

Flemmi, 79, has pleaded guilty to 10 murders and is serving a life sentence.

Testifying Monday, Flemmi acknowledged that he twice had oral sex with Hussey in what he called “a moment of weakness.”

Flemmi said Hussey’s mother, Marion, had been his live-in girlfriend since Hussey was just a toddler and that she had called him “Daddy” from a young age.

“A girl who called you ‘Daddy’ consented to sex with you?” Brennan asked.

Flemmi said the sexual contact took place when Hussey became “a different person” because of “her demeanor, her lifestyle.” He said she had been frequenting Boston’s Combat Zone, then a center of drugs and prostitution.

Neither Brennan nor Flemmi specified how old Hussey was at the time. She was 26 when she was killed in 1985.

Turning his testimony to her death, Flemmi said he reluctantly agreed to bring Hussey to a home in South Boston.

“Jim Bulger stepped out from behind the top of the basement stairs and grabbed her by the throat and started strangling her,” Flemmi said. “He lost his balance and they both fell on the floor, and he continued strangling her.”

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