Goldman Sachs Banker Charged With Rape In The Hamptons
A New York investment banker has been charged with first-degree rape after allegedly sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman during a party at his Hamptons house.
Jason Lee, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Wednesday and was released after posting $20,000 cash bail at East Hampton Justice Court.
The incident occurred after police responded to a disturbance at the house the Goldman Sachs employee was renting with this wife in East Hampton. According to The New York Times, Lee had rented the home for a month at a cost of $33,000.
A police source said the victim was allegedly assaulted at the house during a pool party which involved nudity, East Hampton Star reported. Goldman Sachs declined to comment, but Lee was placed on leave following his arrest.
Lee's attorney, Edward Burke, Jr., said Lee denied the allegations: “We look forward to clearing his name in a court of law,” NYMag reported.
The case further dispels the myth that incidence of rape is associated with lower socio-economic status. Many continue to believe that rape does not occur among the rich and those with high educational backgrounds, a myth bolstered by the fact that the majority of news stories involving sexual assault focus on perpetrators from lower income groups.
In reality, rape incidents are just as prevalent amongst the upper and middle classes – they simply go unreported to preserve the “sheathes of social propriety, filial loyalty and tradition”, as reported by International Reporting Project.
Moreover, as glorified in TV shows like, “Gossip Girl,” there are greater cover-ups of rapes perpetrated by middle- and upper-class men by institutions and associations that wish to protect their reputations, rather than the health and safety of women.
A most recent example was the Steubenville rape case where staff and adults in authority not only knew of the rape of a teenage girl during a drunk party but also tried to shield the athletes from prosecution.
The prevalence of such violence can be attributed to the rape culture embedded in our society. According to Rebecca Nagle of Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, the term denotes the existence of all myths in society about sexual violence, which can be seen in all aspects of pop culture: “Rather than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture think that the persistence of rape is a given and inevitable,” she explained to Alternet in an earlier report.
Moreover, the shroud of secrecy and stigmatization surrounding rape causes many family members to urge a victim of sexual assault to move on rather than report such incidents. "People need to hear about rape. At present, victims are shamed and silenced and that silence is a block to having a more critical dialogue about the issue,“ Nagle said.