Hugues Akassy, Accused Rapist, Shows Up To Court In Ascot

11/03/2011 05:18 pm ET | Updated Jan 03, 2012
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

We don't plan on getting arrested anytime soon, but if we were thrown in jail we imagined we wouldn't dress up for the occasion (on the contrary: we'd want to be wearing our comfiest sweatpants).

But an accused rapist who masqueraded as a "debonair journalist" has kept up part, the New York Post reports, by showing up to prison in an ascot... made from a Rikers bedsheet. Fancy and crafty!

Hugues Akassy, the ascot wearer in question, is currently accused of assault against five women and is currently standing trial in New York, pleading not guilty. The prosecutors say that he wooed the women by posing as a sophisticated, dashing French journalist, a part that ostensibly included some fine apparel.

But even after he was thrown in jail on Rikers Island, he's stayed stylish. Akassy showed up to court wearing an oversized accessory. A source told the New York Post, "It was this billowing bedsheet, and he had tied it around his neck and he'd tucked the rest down the front of his shirt, and they weren't going to allow him to come to court."

It's a serious issue as the ascot is Akassy's signature style -- he's worn the neckwear in court throughout his two weeks of testimonies.

Someone should tell him that we know he's not actually a debonair journalist -- the jig is up. Read more at