Judge issues order of protection for woman in rape case
A Suffolk judge Friday ordered a Wall Street banker not to have anyone contact an Irish woman he's accused of raping last summer at his East Hampton rental home.
Jason Lee, 37, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, is accused of raping the 20-year-old tourist in August. Police say they found him that night hiding in the backseat of his car after they came to the home on an unrelated matter and the woman told them what happened.
Two weeks ago, Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Shalvey asked Judge Barbara Kahn for an order of protection for the woman, who has returned home. Shalvey said the woman emailed her from Ireland, telling her that a woman had shown up at her door and asked her questions about the case.
"She feels everything she does is being watched," Shalvey said then.
Defense attorney Andrew Lankler of Manhattan said the woman was a private investigator he hired to ask the Irish tourist about a photograph taken before the woman says she was assaulted. That image appears to show an injury, he said.
Lankler said he briefed the investigator beforehand on the relevant laws of Ireland and New York.
Shalvey said the woman's version of the encounter with the investigator was different, and said the photo shows no injury in an area where she was hurt during the attack.
Kahn noted two weeks ago there was nothing improper or illegal about the defense contacting the woman in an appropriate manner. But Friday, after reviewing a sealed affidavit from the woman, Kahn issued the order of protection.
Lankler objected to it and said, "Nowhere in the affidavit did the complainant indicate the investigator acted in an inappropriate way."
Kahn said there was a sufficient basis for her ruling.
Lee is free on $100,000 cash bail. He and Lankler declined to comment afterward.
Prosecutors say Lee met the woman while celebrating his birthday at Georgica Restaurant Lounge in Wainscott. He invited her and her friends back to his house to continue partying and raped her in the bathroom, prosecutors have said.