Sunday 17 December 2017

Banker accused of Irish student rape 'hid in car'

A FORMER Goldman Sachs boss accused of raping an Irish student told police who arrived at the scene "we're good, you can go" before hiding in the back of his Range Rover for two hours, a New York Court heard.

Jason Lee (37), who has pleaded not guilty, hid as he tried to call a car to collect him, prosecutors said.

In her opening statement, prosecutor Kerriann Kelly told the court that the alleged victim, a 20-year-old Irish student, and Lee (37) were "from such different worlds, they could have been from different planets".

The alleged victim had spent the summer in the US and joined her brother for a holiday in Montauk before her planned return to Ireland.

She was joined on August 20, 2013, by a friend and the pair, along with her brother and his friend, travelled to East Hampton for a night out. There, they met Mr Lee and his friend Reme Duncan.

After a night of partying, Mr Lee invited the group of Irish students and two local men back to his house.

Ms Kelly told Judge Barbara Kahn that after partying, Mr Lee followed the student into a bathroom at his rental home and forced his way in.

"He had no condom on. He didn't stop his attack on her until she was able to knee him in the genitals," Ms Kelly said.

Once they got to the house, Mr Lee and his friend said the two local men were not welcome and it was decided that the woman's brother's friend drive them home in Mr Duncan's car.

Around the back of the house, the girls jumped into the pool in their bra and knickers. Mr Lee was "running around naked".

When he joined them in the pool, the pair became uncomfortable. However, when the student went to get changed into her dress, the prosecution claims, that is when the defendant raped her.


Meanwhile, Mr Duncan called 911 about a missing truck. When police officer Sarah Mortenson arrived, Mr Lee said: "We're good, you can go, the car is not an issue."

He was "trying to get rid of the police," Ms Kelly said.

The officer then noticed that Mr Lee was no longer part of the group and he "wasn't seen again for two hours".

Defence lawyer Andrew Lankley said: "This is not a case of alleged rape in a back alley between people unknown to each other, it's a case of consensual sex, perhaps regrettable consensual sex".

The trial continues.


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