‘Freaked’ out

Rough-sex rich guy claims black­mail


A WOMAN who ac­cused a mar­ried sadism-lov­ing mul­ti­mil­lion­aire of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her dur­ing a sugar-daddy web­site date tried to ex­tort him af­ter con­sen­sual rough sex, his lawyer ar­gued Thurs­day.

San­jay Tripathy made mul­ti­ple trips to the ATM to buy “chem­istry” with the com­pan­ion he met on Seek­ingAr­ran­age­ment.com, de­fense at­tor­ney Franklin Roth­man ar­gued at the start of Tripathy’s trial in Man­hat­tan Supreme Court. In ad­di­tion, Roth­man said, the woman vol­un­tar­ily went to a W Ho­tel room in Times Square with him for money.

“He’s a mar­ried guy that when he trav­els, when he’s in New York, he likes to in­dulge and he’s into some freak­ish fan­tasies,” Roth­man told jurors about the for­mer IT ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing open­ing state­ments.

“Some­thing at­tracted them to each other on a pro­file page,” he said. “Maybe it’s the fact that he listed on his pro­file page that he’s worth $10 mil­lion and he makes $1 mil­lion a year.”

Tripathy (photo), 48, of North Carolina, is charged with crim­i­nal sex act, sex abuse, stran­gu­la­tion, assault and un­law­ful im­pris­on­ment in the bizarre June 15, 2016, en­counter.

He’s ac­cused of forc­ing the woman to per­form oral sex and vi­o­lat­ing her with his fin­gers dur­ing a bloody beat­ing.

The woman ex­pected cash pay­ments and took in­stall­ments of $500 through­out the evening, to­tal­ing $1,500, ac­cord­ing to Roth­man.

He said she told him she was into “light BDSM” — bondage, dis­ci­pline and sado­masochism — and kinky be­hav­ior like “wa­ter sports,” Roth­man said. “There’s breath play, there’s smack­ing. They did what they did.”

The woman was “a lit­tle bruised up” at the end and threat­ened to ex­pose him if he did not pay her more, ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney.

Tripathy “lost it” and hit her when she threat­ened to “ruin” him, Roth­man said, but he sug­gested she lied about the bru­tal­ity of it.

Pros­e­cu­tors paint a vastly dif­fer­ent picture of the en­counter and in­sist none of the vi­o­lence was con­sen­sual.

As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kristen Baraiola said the in­ci­dent was about Tripathy “not ac­cept­ing no for an an­swer.”

“This is a case about what hap­pened when the de­fen­dant took what he wanted,” she added.

Baraiola said blood was splat­tered on the bed, floor and wall of the ho­tel room and Tripathy punched and choked the woman re­peat­edly.

“She’s go­ing tell you she ac­tu­ally thought she was go­ing to die there in that ho­tel room that night,” the ADA ar­gued.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the woman had black eyes, as well as bruises on her breasts and all over her body.

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