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.