Sorry for the pain but I am not scum
THE son of a Sydney nightclub owner who was acquitted of raping an 18-year-old virgin behind his dad’s Kings Cross bar claims anyone who thinks he is “scum” does not know the full story.
Breaking his silence since his court case, Luke Lazarus told 2GB radio he was sorry for what happened to Saxon Mullins on May 11, 2013, and had thought about it every day.
But he urged the government to carefully consider any proposed changes to the consent laws as they are reviewed in the wake of the controversial and shocking case.
Mr Lazarus, 26, said he did not support suggestions that consent to sex needed to be voiced “enthusiastically” or it was not consent.
“I think that whoever ends up making this decision will need to be very careful because obviously there will be many times when there is nothing spoken between two people,” Mr Lazarus told Ben Fordham.
“It might just be physical and then it might be hard to delineate between what is consent and what is enthusiastic consent.”
In 2015, Lazarus was convicted of anally raping Ms Mullins, who recently told her story on ABC’s Four Corners. After 10 months in jail, he won his appeal and his conviction was quashed and a new trial ordered. In 2017, after a judgealone trial, Judge Robyn Tupman found him not guilty after determining that he genuinely believed Ms Mullins had consented to sex.
Ms Mullins was on her first night out in Kings Cross when she met Mr Lazarus at his dad’s Soho nightclub and he led her outside. She gave evidence at the trial that she had tried to leave but he told her: “Put your f...ing hands on the wall, get on the floor and arch your back”.
Yesterday Mr Lazarus said media reporting into the case had been unfair but he had nothing to hide.
“My main feelings are feelings of sadness, feelings of ... you know, like I’ve really hurt someone, and it’s a really tough thing. It’s something I think about every single day, something I’ve thought about for the last five years every day,” he told 2GB.
He denied reports he threw a party the night he was acquitted and wanted to tell Ms Mullins that he was sorry. “I’d say that I’m sorry that I’ve caused this pain, I’m sorry I’ve inflicted this pain,” he said.
People could read the trial transcripts online and “you’ll see that I’m innocent”, he said.