Lawyers for the woman who has alleged that high-profile attorney Sanford Rubenstein raped her lashed out Tuesday at the media for the way she was being treated and put under the spotlight.
"We find it offensive and disparaging that when a woman, particularly in the urban landscape, is the victim of a vicious attack, she then becomes the victim of public scrutiny," Brooklyn attorney Kenneth J. Montgomery said in a statement.
"This victim is a mother. This victim is a daughter. This victim is a pillar of her community. Yet, reporters are camped outside of her home and trying to take pictures of her," Montgomery said.
No media has identified the woman, who is a member of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.
According to law enforcement sources, the woman alleged that she returned with a female friend to Rubenstein's luxury Manhattan apartment on E. 64th Street after drinking heavily at Sharpton's 60th birthday party last Wednesday. The event was attended by a number of politicians, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Eventually the woman's friend left and she remained with Rubenstein, 70, awaking hours later to find him sexually assaulting her, according to a law enforcement source. As a result of the allegations, the Manhattan district attorney's office opened an investigation and NYPD detectives seized items from Rubenstein's apartment, including a king-size mattress. The alleged victim also underwent a medical examination at a hospital within two days of the incident.
Montgomery said Tuesday that "at no time did the victim consent to sexual contact with Mr. Rubinstein [sic]."
However, Rubenstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman of Manhattan said in a statement Tuesday that his client denied any wrongdoing and was confident that prosecutors wouldn't seek to bring charges in the case. Brafman said without elaboration that some news reports about the case were "patently false."
Montgomery said reports that surveillance tapes of the woman and Rubenstein at his building didn't shed any light on the case and were "intentional efforts to discredit the victim."