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A man who claimed he accidentally penetrated an 18-year-old woman when he fell on her was acquitted of rape charges by a British jury. After brief deliberations, millionaire Ehsan Abdulaziz was found not guilty, despite some very strange explanations of what happened, according to the New York Daily News.
Money Can't Buy Me Love?
Abdulaziz, 46, is a millionaire property developer with an apartment in London. He was apparently out drinking at an exclusive nightclub in August 2014 and invited two women to join him at his pricey private table.
Then, he offered them a ride home in his Aston Martin. They ended up at his apartment for a drink instead. The two women -- one 24 and the other 18 -- stayed the night. The younger one slept on the sofa in the living room.
Abdulaziz claimed in his defense that he had sex with the older woman and in the morning just fell on the younger one. He accidentally penetrated her when he just meant to ask if she needed a t-shirt or a taxi home.
The considerate older gentleman said in his defense that the woman pulled him as he was making his offer and he fell. He admitted his penis may have poked through his underwear. "I'm fragile, I fell down but nothing ever happened. Between me and this girl, nothing ever happened."
As for evidence of semen? He said it was possible he had some on his hands after the sexual encounter with her friend.
The young woman had an altogether different story. She said Abdulaziz raped her. She woke up in the early morning to find the man forcing himself on her as she slept on the sofa in his London apartment.
What Are the Elements of Rape?
In criminal law, the elements of rape are satisfied if there was 1) non-consensual sexual intercourse that was 2) committed by physical force, threat of injury, or other duress.
According the the young woman's account, Ehsan Abdulaziz used physical force without her consent to commit the sexual act. By her account, rape would have occurred. However, the jury found differently ...
Jury Deliberates Briefly
The British newspaper, The Mirror, reported that the case took an unusual procedural turn. Twenty minutes of evidence were heard in private.
The jury apparently did not spend long pondering the tale anyway, perhaps finding it tasteless. After only 30 minutes of deliberations, it rendered a verdict of not guilty. Abdulaziz was acquitted.
Charged With a Crime?
If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, speak to a lawyer. As this case makes plain, a creative defense can go a long way. Get help from a criminal defense attorney.