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The jury begins deliberating on the fate of accused “sex cult” leader Sarah Lawrence

The jury of Sarah Lawrence’s accused sex cult leader Larry Ray began discussing his fate after his defense team and prosecutors finished their closing arguments on Tuesday.

The 12-member panel began to huddle together around 4:15 p.m. after Manhattan federal judge Lewis Liman explained the legal standards they must consider when deciding whether to convict Ray.

The jury will determine Ray’s guilt or innocence on more than a dozen charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, conspiracy and a range of financial crimes.

In her closing argument Tuesday morning, defense attorney Marne Lenox attempted to undermine the credibility of Ray’s accusers by claiming they were a group of “storytellers” who embellished or fabricated stories about him.

Lenox specifically attacked the credibility of prosecution key witness Claudia Drury, who testified that Ray and his alleged first lieutenant Isabella Pollok once tortured her for hours in a Midtown hotel room where she worked as a prostitute.

“There was no attack at the Gregory Hotel. It never happened,” Lenox told the jury.

In her closing argument, prosecutor Mollie Bracewell had focused on the alleged night of torture, arguing that it was exposing Ray’s guilt on the multitude of charges he faces.

Ray is on trial on over a dozen counts, including racketeering and sex trafficking.
Ray is on trial on over a dozen counts, including racketeering and sex trafficking.
Jan Rosenberg
Ray's defense attorneys attacked the credibility of witness Claudia Drury, who claimed she was tortured by Ray and Isabella Pollok.
Ray’s defense attorneys attacked the credibility of witness Claudia Drury, who claimed she was tortured by Ray and Isabella Pollok.
Alec Tabak for the NY Post

“Ladies and gentlemen, this single crime night tells you almost everything you need to know,” Bracewell said.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors and victims portrayed Ray as a calculating predator who physically, mentally, and sexually abused his accusers over the course of a decade.

Ray faces life imprisonment if convicted on all charges.

Ray is removed from court after suffering a medical episode on March 15, 2022.
Ray is removed from court after suffering a medical episode on March 15, 2022.
Alec Tabak for the NY Post

Pollok, his alleged cohort, has pleaded not guilty and will face a separate trial in federal court in Manhattan later this year.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/jurors-begin-deliberating-fate-of-accused-sarah-lawrence-sex-cult-leader/ The jury begins deliberating on the fate of accused “sex cult” leader Sarah Lawrence

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