Jurors acquitted a wealthy Manhattan lawyer of trying to rape a woman on a fold-out Murphy bed in his posh Midtown office — but they took plenty of pot shots at him as they left the courthouse.
“He’s absolutely a douche,” a female juror said of Dan Nelson, as her fellow panelists nodded their heads affirmatively. “He’s not a nice guy, that’s the first thing we agreed on.”
The jurors did find Nelson, 39, guilty of the lesser charges of sexual abuse and obstruction of breathing for the bizarre August 21, 2014 encounter.
Nelson, who downed three bottles of wine before he met his accuser, told jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court that he wasn’t ‘up’ to raping her because he’s impotent and hadn’t taken his Viagra pill.
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Nelson met his accuser at Bull McCabe’s after midnight and he took her back to the conference room of his East 56th Street firm, Nelson & McCulloch, where he specializes in intellectual property law.
They made out and took off their clothes. But the woman changed her mind about the one-night stand.
She accused Nelson of pinning her down on the designer Italian-made bed, choking her as she told him to stop and tearing off her dress as she fled naked into the street.
“When you are trying to drag a naked woman from an elevator, you are clearly not inviting her back to have tea,” argued ADA Maxine Rosenthal.
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“He was a jerk that night,” the attorney said. “But being a jerk isn’t a crime.”
Nelson faces up to 7 years in prison on the sexual abuse charge.
Lawyer accused of raping woman on Murphy bed is acquitted
By Rebecca Rosenberg
February 26, 2016 | 8:03pm