CRIME
10/06/2014 11:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Civil Rights Attorney Sanford Rubenstein Accused Of Rape After Al Sharpton's Birthday Party

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The New York civil rights attorney representing the families of NYPD abuse victims Eric Garner and Sandra Amezquita has been accused of rape.

Sanford Rubenstein's Upper East Side home was searched by NYPD on Sunday, as investigators looked for an object that the attorney allegedly used to penetrate a woman after Rev. Al Sharpton's 60th birthday party last Wednesday.

The New York Daily News cites an unnamed source that said the attorney had consensual sex with his accuser:

That version of events, in which the pair had consensual sex, conflicted with one presented by a police source, who said the 42-year-old victim awoke from a booze-filled haze to find she was having sex with the 70-year-old lawyer.

"We do not believe he committed any crime whatsoever and are confident that when the investigation is completed no criminal charges will be filed,” Rubenstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman told the newspaper.

WABC reports that the accuser is a female executive who works at Sharpton's National Action Network.

"I consider both of them a friend," Sharpton told the New York Times. "I sent her an email today. My heart is with both of them that the truth come out."

Rubenstein's clients include the family of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after being put in a chokehold by NYPD this summer, and Sandra Amezquita, a pregnant woman who was filmed being thrown to the ground by police last month.

The Daily News quoted an unnamed police source that said, "Everyone in [NYPD headquarters] could not be happier about [the investigation into the allegations against Rubenstein]."

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