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Alleged Irish rape victim fought "every ounce of strength" to resist

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Accused: Jason Lee
Accused: Jason Lee

An Irish woman allegedly raped by a former Goldman Sachs banker has taken to the stand at his trial in New York.

Earlier, her friend told the court she found the victim 'shaken' and 'scared' with 'tears in her eyes' following the alleged attack.

The alleged victim's friend wept in Suffolk County Criminal Court as she recalled the events of the night in August, 2013. She described how the pair "just cried" after her friend told her what happened. 

Taking to the stand, the alleged victim - who is in her early 20s - described the alleged events of the night in question. 

She told the court she fought with "every ounce of strength" as she tried to resist the accused's attack. She said the accused was "on top of her" during the attack, which only stopped when she kicked the alleged attacker in the groin area. 

She said she was in the bathroom when she turned and the accused was standing naked in the doorway. She said she thought he must have been joking before he pushed the door in and pinned her to the ground. 

"He was on top of me,” she wept, "holding my hands each side of my head."

She called her friend but he put his hand over her mouth. He then allegedly told the student to "shut the f*** up" and the raped her. 

Jason Lee (37), a wealthy former Goldman Sachs banker, is on trial for the rape and sexual assault of the then 20-year-old Irish woman. He denies the charges and has waived his right to a jury. 

The 37-year-old was arrested at the luxury home he rented with his wife in East Hampton, accused of sexually assaulting the J1 student in the bathroom while her friend and brother partied nearby.
 
The pair met at a local nightclub, before returning to Lee’s $33,000 a month rental property after closing in the early hours of the morning.
 
The two young women had come to the Hamptons to visit the alleged victim's brother after spending a summer in the US working and on their second night, along with friends went on a night out to the Georgica nightclub in East Hampton.
 
“Everyone was in good form, enjoying themselves,” the woman told the court.
 
The group of students met the banker, after the alleged victim's friend met Jason Lee’s friend, Rene Duncan, and they kissed. The young women and her brother then joined the men at their table.
 
The group returned along with two other men to Mr Lee's rental property, ad once there a friend of the alleged victim's brother took Mr Duncan's car to drive two local men home. Both women jumped in to the pool in their underwear, but didn’t remain in the water long, the woman’s friend told the Court. Mr Lee, who stripped naked, also jumped in to the pool.
 
When they emerged from the pool, the group ate food in the kitchen and chatted, she said. They were in “good form” but the alleged victim’s brother noticed she wasn't there and they became “curious as to where she had got to.”
 
The search lasted “only a few minutes,” she said, when the alleged victim emerged from a door as they approached.
 
“She looked shaken, scared, she had tears in her eyes. Her eyes were blood shot,”  she told the Court.
 
Her brother asked her what was going on, and the student said that she “just wanted to go,” her friend said. Around the same time, Mr Duncan who had lent his car to a friend of the group, became agitated about his vehicle, she said.
 
Mr Lee was trying to calm him down, telling him that there was “no need to call the police.” The former banker jumped in to his Range Rover, she said and told them; “I’m going to bring ye, come on.”
 
As the group waited on the front lawn of the house, “I observed her being really quiet. She was very shaken and scared and she just wanted to go.”
 
When police arrived at the scene, the student’s brother told an officer that something was wrong with his sister and she was taken to a squad car.
 
The woman asked to join her friend in the car a short time later and asked her what had happened in the house.  When she told her, “we just cried,” she told the Court. When they emerged from the car,  “I walked over to Rene and told him that his friend was going to be in a lot of trouble.”