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Big shot banker to appear in court charged with rape of 20-year-old Irish woman

Charged: Jason Lee
Charged: Jason Lee

A former Goldman Sachs banker is set to go to trial next Wednesday charged with the rape of an Irish woman.

Managing director Jason Lee chose to be tried by a New York state judge on charges that he raped the student at a €30,000 per month rental home in East Hampton, New York, almost two years ago.

In August 2013, Lee was arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman who was visiting the US from Ireland.

Mr Lee (38) from Manhattan, waived his right to a jury trial while before New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Andrew Lankler, did not say why Mr Lee decided against a jury trial.

Prosecutors say the victim, who returned to Ireland after the alleged attack, will give evidence at the trial. They sought permission to submit evidence in the trial that a friend tried to hire an escort for Lee before the alleged rape.

They also asked to be allowed to show that prior to the assault, Mr Lee tried to kiss a friend of the alleged victim who fought him off and ran away. The prosecutors asked the judge to rule on whether Mr Lee’s lawyers could question the alleged victim about her Facebook page.
Mr Lankler asked for time to respond to the prosecutors’ requests.
According to the report, a nurse found the woman's injuries "consistent" with her allegations. 
The police said they later found Lee hiding in his Range Rover.