NY bank exec arraigned on Hamptons rape charge
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City investment banker is free on bail after being arraigned Friday on charges that he raped a woman he met at a nightclub on Long Island.
Jason Lee, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, was initially arrested a month ago after the woman accused him of attacking her in a bathroom at a home he had rented in East Hampton, a summer resort town, with his wife.
Lee, 37, left a courthouse in Riverhead after his arraignment without saying a word. A judge set his bail at $100,000.
Lee’s lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., told reporters his client is innocent.
“We have what is a rush to arrest my client, a rush to the grand jury and a rush to indict my client,” Burke said. “My client is adamant that he did not do this and adamant that he did not perform these serious allegations upon this complainant at all.”
When asked whether the sex between Lee and the woman was consensual, Burke said, “Yes, it was.”
Prosecutors said Lee was celebrating his birthday at a club in Wainscott when he invited the woman and her friends back to his rental home. The woman said that once at the house, Lee undressed, forced his way into a bathroom and pinned her to the floor.
Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said the woman was treated at a hospital following the assault.
He said she was from Ireland but was working in the U.S. at the time of the attack. She has since returned home, Spota said.
Lee is on a leave of absence from Goldman Sachs’ equity capital markets department. He lives in Manhattan.