The fashion executive at the center of the sensational rape trial against two former NYPD cops said yesterday that she was “devastated” and heartbroken when she learned of the officers’ acquittal.
“Hearing that verdict brought me to my knees; it brought me back to my bedroom on that awful night when my world was turned upside down ...,” wrote the unnamed woman, now 29, in her first public statement since a jury on Thursday cleared Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata of raping her.
“I have waited two and half years for closure that will now never come,” said the woman who has since moved to San Francisco, Calif.
She encountered Moreno, 43, and Mata, 29, in December 2008, after a her taxi driver called for help getting her to her East Village home after a drunken night at a Brooklyn bar.
Surveillance cameras later captured the partners entering her apartment four different times that night.
The woman, who has filed a $57 million civil suit against the city, accused Moreno of raping her, while Mata served as a lookout. The men denied the allegations.
During the seven-week trial, the defense argued there was no DNA evidence substantiating a rape occurred.
“One’s word is not enough in these days of C.S.I. and DNA. Even if people believe you, you are tested beyond what any crime victim should have to endure,” the woman wrote yesterday.
Moreno and Mata were found guilty of official misconduct and will be sentenced June 28.
They face up to two years in prison.
In her statement, the woman thanked the District Attorney’s Office, New Yorkers and others who spoke up “in her honor,” and the mayor and police commissioner for firing the duo after the verdict.
“For me, public opinion will be the ultimate verdict,” she concluded.
Moreno’s lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, argued in a statement yesterday that the jury’s verdict “should be respected” because it was the panel who heard the testimony, not the “public.” “We are a nation of laws; not mob justice,” Tacopina wrote.