Monday 22 January 2018

Underwear belonging to banker who allegedly raped Irish J1 student showed no evidence of semen, New York trial hears

Jason Lee is accused of raping an Irish J1 student
Jason Lee is accused of raping an Irish J1 student

Orlaith Farrell New York

A pair of shorts and underwear belonging to a former Goldman Sachs exec accused of raping an Irish student, showed no evidence of semen, his trial in New York has heard.

A crime lab technician has been giving evidence on the fifth day of Jason Lee’s rape trial.  The 38 year old has waived his right to a jury and pleaded not guilty to rape and assault.

Moly Philip of the Suffolk County Crime Lab's biology section, told the court on Wednesday that Mr Lee's clothes were "negative for the presence of semen".

Earlier in the day, Detective Charles Charff guide the court through a multitude of phone calls that were made using Jason Lee's mobile phone before and after the alleged incident.

Lee was arrested at the luxury home he rented with his wife in East Hampton, accused of sexually assaulting a J1 student in the bathroom while her friend and brother partied nearby.

The then J1 student, who had spent the summer working elsewhere in the United States, was visiting her brother in the Hamptons and met Mr Lee at an East Hampton nightclub during the early hours of August 20, 2013.

The alleged victim gave tearful evidence on Tuesday to Judge Barbara Kahn describing how she tried to push her attacker off her, kneeing him in the groin before he left the bathroom, leaving her “in disbelief”.

The trial continues.

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