Wednesday 13 December 2017

Top banker accused of rape ordered to stay away from Irish woman

Jason Lee
Jason Lee

Orlaith Farrell in New York

A FORMER Goldman Sachs managing director, who was arrested in the US on charges of raping an Irish student, has been ordered to stay away from his accuser after a private investigator approached her in Ireland.

Jason Lee was issued the order by a New York judge after a private investigator working on his behalf contacted the 20-year-old victim at her home in Ireland.

The Suffolk County District Attorney applied for the order on May 9 after a private investigator approached the woman and presented her with a photograph taken before the incident, claiming they showed injuries that she supposedly suffered during the attack.

A temporary motion of protection was issued by Justice Barbara R. Kahn at Suffolk County criminal court to refrain from any further contact with the woman, including through third parties.

A protection order for a victim in cases like assault or rape is normally a standard procedure at the time of the initial arraignment. However, the DA did not request one when Mr. Lee was first arraigned in August of last year based on the understanding that Mr. Lee would surrender his passport and that the alleged victim was returning to Ireland the next day.

The order prohibits Mr Lee from contacting the victim at her school or house or via email, Facebook, or other social media.

The investment banker is accused of raping the Irish woman at his luxury holiday home rental in the Hamptons on August 17 last year, a charge he denies.

The student at the centre of the case, listed on Court filings as 'DD' was in the US working for the summer on a J1 visa.

It's claimed that Mr Lee met the 20-year-old at a restaurant in East Hampton where he was celebrating his 37th birthday.  The banker invited the summer student and some friends back to his holiday home for a party.

Long Island police were called to the $33,000 a month rental on a separate matter but when they arrived a friend of the woman alerted a female officer and the student reported the alleged attack.

The victim told police that Mr Lee followed her in to a bathroom, pinned her down and raped her. 

Lee, who lives in Manhattan was working in the Goldman Sachs' equity capital markets department at the time, but has since left the firm.

He's currently on $100,000 bail. The case is due back in court on July 18.

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