Saturday, November 1, 2008

Defense attorney claims women "lied" in rape charges  

Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has been accused by nine different women, mostly aspiring models, of being a rapist. On Friday, Alexander's defense attorney said, in his closing arguments, that these women lied and actually "invited what happened." From CNN:

"How many times did you hear 'I don't recall' from them during the trial?" asked defense attorney Leonard Levine. "I stopped counting at 300. These women lied. They lied, they exaggerated and nobody cared -- but you should care."

I love when lawyers accompany their closing statements with a healthy dose of misogyny. Prosecutor Frances Young called him out on it:

"What we heard was four male lawyers defending their male client and what we heard was a lot of misogyny," Young said. "These girls did nothing wrong. None of these girls invited what happened to them."

"This is a very sick man," Young told the jury. "He was an abuser of women who picked a profession where he would be surrounded by teenage girls."

Really though, nine girls all lying about being raped by the same man? I'm not buying it.

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1 comments: to “ Defense attorney claims women "lied" in rape charges

  • November 1, 2008 at 7:15 PM  

    Weren't many of these girls under ages when they met him? Did THEY invite it? Also, a lot of people misunderstand that statutory rape has meanings outside of age. It also means that someone is in position of authority and puts someone in a situation where they feel they have no choice. Rape is not always by physical force- it's sometimes by coercion, threats, blackmail. In any case, I highly doubt that all 9 victims could be lying.