DA Can Keep Sex Tape Of Underage Hasidc Girl Locked Up – For Now
Shmarya Rosenberg • Failedmessiah.com
An explicit video made of an underage alleged rape victim having sex with her boyfriend will reportedly remain locked up in the Brooklyn DA’s safe — for now.
Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, a Williamsberg hasid who is charged with repeatedly raping the girl over several years while he was serving as her unlicensed therapist, wants the video and related investigative files to be shown to jurors in his trial, which is scheduled to begin October 30th.
Weberman’s attorneys claim that the sex tape, which was secretly recorded by the girl’s own father with Weberman’s participation, is what sparked her “extreme” anger at Weberman, and what they claim is a false and vengeful accusation that Weberman raped the girl.
Many observers believe Weberman is trying to bring the tape into evidence in order to embarass his alleged victim and coerce her to drop the charges against him.
Yesterday, Supreme Court Judge John Ingram reportedly denied Weberman’s request, citing the “very sensitive nature of that videotape.” Weberman’s name only appeared once in that case file, and investigators did not interview Weberman about the video tape, Ingram noted, and the boyfriend was never charged with a crime.
But Ingram did agree to review the case file again to check for evidence of the girl’s “traumatized” emotional state. That evidence, if it exists, might be used as legal leverage to force the judge to admit the tape into evidence.
“If she’s very disturbed, she might very well take those feelings out on the person she holds responsible,” said defense attorney Michael Farkas.
In June, four haredi men were arrested and charged with trying to bribe and/or extort the girl and her boyfriend to drop the charges against Weberman and to refuse to testify if the DA continued to prosecute the case. One defendant allegedly offered the boyfriend $500,000 to take the alleged victim out of the country to hinder prosecution of the case. He refused.
[Hat Tip: Seymour.]