A lawyer for former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Managing Director Jason Lee challenged the timing of injuries sustained by a woman who prosecutors say he raped at his rented Hamptons beach house.
Bruises on the woman’s hip, back and finger, as seen in photos taken both before and after the August 2013 encounter, appear to be older than 7 to 10 hours, said Lone Thanning, a former medical examiner for Rockland County, New York.
Defense attorney Andrew Lankler called Thanning to the stand to contradict testimony by Tara Accavallo. Accavallo, a nurse who examined the woman about six hours after the alleged attack, said Thursday the injuries were consistent with rape.
On cross examination, Assistant District Attorney Kim Shalvey questioned Thanning on how she could assess the woman’s injuries by looking at photos. Thanning responded she doesn’t regularly examine live patients, and that pictures can be used to form an opinion.
Lee faces as long as 25 years in prison if convicted on the most serious count of first degree rape. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn in Riverhead is presiding over the nonjury trial, which may end this week. The prosecution rested its cases earlier Monday.
Thanning, who runs a forensic medical consulting service, also said she was paid $5,000 for taking part in the case. Expert witnesses are often compensated for time spent preparing for and testifying at trials.
In her testimony last week, Accavallo said in response to questioning by Lankler that it was possible injuries to the woman’s vaginal area discovered during the examination were the result of consensual sex. Lee contends they had consensual sex.
The case is New York v. Lee, 02053/2013, New York State Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Riverhead).