(SOTT) A married investment banker with Goldman Sachs raped a woman because he said that he wanted to have sex on his birthday and “was going to do whatever he had to do to get it.”
Jason Lee was celebrating his 37th birthday in his extravagant Hamptons, New York rental property in 2013, when according to his accuser, he forced himself into a bathroom with her, pinned her down, covered her mouth with his hand and raped her.
The woman, who was 20-years-old at the time of the assault, met the banker at a New York nightclub while visiting her brother and a friend from Ireland. The trio, along with Mr Lee, then took the party to his Hamptons mansion after the last call was made at the club.
The unnamed Irish tourist and her friend went swimming in Mr Lee’s pool in their underwear after arriving at the residence, according to Andrew Lankler, the defendant’s attorney. The lawyer admits that the two did have a sexual encounter, but although it was “perhaps regrettable”, he claims the intercourse was consensual.
Kerriann Kelly, the accuser’s attorney, tells a much different story. “What you see is not always what you get,” Ms Kelly said regarding the well-dressed appearance of the defendant. “What she encountered was a man who wanted one thing and one thing only and that was sex… he was going to do whatever he had to do to get it.”
The assault ended after the woman kneed his groin, the prosecution said.
Afterwards, the brother of the victim called police to alert them of the altercation and his sister’s hysterical manner. Mr Lee was found hiding in his Range Rover two hours later by law enforcement. His cell phone records indicate that he had called multiple Uber and cab services while holed up in his vehicle.
Prosecutors say that a nurse found the woman’s injuries “consistent” with rape when their client was taken to a hospital where a rape kit was administered.
The case, which is currently on trial in Riverhead, New York, could result with the defendant receiving 25 years in prison.
Goldman Sachs says that Mr. Lee, who was managing director of Goldman Sachs’ convertible bond banking branch at the time of the incident, is no longer employed by the firm.