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Regter van die rondgaande hof, Benjamin Kendrick, kondig aan dat hy die saak van seksuele aanranding deur die 42-jarige Vanessa Perhach teen Marv Albert van die hand sal wys as die sportcaster instem om berading te kry en 'n jaar lank uit die moeilikheid bly. Albert het tot 12 maande tronkstraf en 'n boete van $ 2.500 opgelê.

Volgens Perhach het Albert haar op 12 Februarie 1997 na sy kamer in die Ritz Carlton Hotel genooi nadat hy 'n NBA -wedstryd tussen die New York Knicks en Washington Bullets aangekondig het. Daarna het hy haar na bewering op haar rug gebyt nadat sy sy versoek vir seksrigting geweier het. Albert, wat Perhach ontmoet het by die Miami Hilton waar sy in 1986 gewerk het, bedank uit sy werk by Madison Square Garden en word van NBC afgedank nadat hy skuld beken het op aanranding en battery. 'N Kriminele klag van gedwonge sodomie is laat vaar.

Tydens die verhoor, wat op 22 September 1997 begin het, het die verdediging 'n bandgesprek getuig waarin Perhach 'n vriend van haar geld aangebied het in ruil daarvoor dat hy teen Albert getuig het. Later het die vervolging egter Patricia Masten, 'n ander hotelwerknemer, voorgestel wat beweer het dat die sportman haar by twee afsonderlike geleenthede gebyt het en probeer het om haar te dwing om orale seks te doen.

Volgens die verpleegsuster wat haar behandel het, het Perhach bytmerke op haar rug gehad, waaronder een wat die vel gebreek het, en 'n forensiese tandarts het getuig dat hy 'n definitiewe pasmaat gemaak het tussen vorms van Albert se tande en die merke op Perhach se rug.

Op 15 Julie 1998 is Albert deur die Madison Square Garden Network heraangestel om te anker MSG -sportbank, 'n nagtelike sportprogram, en doen radio-speel-speel van New York Knicks-speletjies. Alle aanklagte is in Oktober dieselfde jaar van die hand gewys nadat vasgestel is dat Albert aan die hof se voorwaardes voldoen het.


Marv Albert staar vonnis in die saak van seksuele aanranding in die gesig - GESKIEDENIS

Onderhoud met Lester Munson

Uitgestuur op 6 Augustus 2003 - 14:17 ET

DIT IS 'N GROOT TRANSKRIF. HIERDIE AFKOPIE IS NIE IN DIE SLOTVORM EN KAN NIE OPGEDIEN WORD NIE.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Die laaste keer dat Kobe Bryant in Eagle County, Colorado was, was die foto wat hy geneem het. Vandag is die NBA -superster terug om 'n aanklag van seksuele aanranding in die openbare hof voor te lees.
Lester Munson, 'Sports Illustrated', se regsontleder wag ook op die begin van die verrigtinge. Dankie dat u vandag hier by ons was. Ons waardeer dit.

LESTER MUNSON, REGSANALIS, "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED": doen dit graag.

PHILLIPS: Goed, so deur 'n aantal artikels te kyk en verskillende menings van die ontleders te lees, word daar gepraat dat Kobe die nuwe O.J. Nou het u ervaring in 'n aantal ander gevalle. Dink jy dit is 'n bietjie oorboord?

MUNSON: Ek dink dit is 'n bietjie oorboord. Ek dink die gevalle in die sportwêreld waarmee dit vergelyk word, is die Mike Tyson -verkragtingsaak - dit was ook in 'n hotelkamer. Die saak van seksuele aanranding van Marv Albert was ook in 'n hotelkamer. En dan nog 'n soortgelyke saak, Mark Chmura, aan die einde.

PHILLIPS: Packers. Dit is reg.

MUNSON:. Green Bay Packers, het na 'n partytjie gegaan. 'N Vrou het beweer dat sy in die badkamer by die partytjie aangeval is.

Ek plaas Kobe dus in die kategorie gevalle. Dit is duidelik 'n geval wat seks, ras, geld, bekendes, geweld behels. En daarom praat ons almal daaroor.

PHILLIPS: En ek probeer onthou, al die drie gevalle, almal natuurlik berispe. Het hulle - ons hoor eintlik nie veel meer van hierdie mense nie?

MUNSON: Wel, Mike Tyson hou aan om maniere te vind om in die moeilikheid te kom. Mark Chmura was absoluut onskuldig van die aanklag. Hy het aanbeweeg in die lewe. hy het wel sokker agtergelaat. Marv Albert, nadat hy skuld beken het op die aanklag van seksuele aanranding, het daarin geslaag om 'n baie loopbaan in die uitsaaiwese saam te stel ná 'n paar jaar sonder werk.

PHILLIPS: Dit beteken nie noodwendig dat Kobe die reputasie van 'n loopbaanwyser is nie.

Kom ons praat oor die prokureurs en wat hulle in die gesig staar met betrekking tot die bewyse -stryd. Hoe moeilik - bewys u dat 'n beskuldiger geestelike probleme gehad het voor 'n situasie soos hierdie? Dit is waaroor almal aanhou praat, dat sy probleme gehad het, geestelike probleme.

MUNSON: Die belangrikste wet hier is wat ons die 'wet op verkragtingsskild' noem. Dit is 'n produk van die feministiese beweging, en dit verhinder dat Kobe Bryant se prokureurs feitlik alles kan gebruik. Hulle kan niks uit haar agtergrond gebruik nie.

PHILLIPS: Selfs haar seksuele geskiedenis?

MUNSON: Haar seksuele geskiedenis is heeltemal verbied uit hierdie saak.

Ek gee jou 'n voorbeeld. In die Mike Tyson -verkragtingsaak was daar 'n bewering dat die beskuldigde, Desiree Washington - sy ons toegelaat het om haar naam te gebruik. Daar was 'n bewering dat sy op hoërskool saam met 'n hoërskoolklas verkrag het. Dit is nie erken as bewys in die Mike Tyson -verkragtingsaak nie.

Die wet op verkragting beskerm dus die aanklaer teen aanvalle op haar agtergrond, teen die gebruik van haar liefdeslewe, teen die gebruik van haar sekslewe. Wat ons dus as bewys in die verhoor gaan hoor, is wat in die hotelkamer gebeur het, nie drie jaar tevore nie en nie twee weke daarna nie.

PHILLIPS: Die enigste relevante aspek is haar emosionele toestand daardie dag?

MUNSON: Haar emosionele toestand daardie dag, en belangriker as dit, is die fisiese beserings wat sy moontlik die dag opgedoen het. As daar mediese bewyse is van gedwonge seks, soos ons in die Mike Tyson -saak gehad het, soos in die Marv Albert -saak, het Kobe Bryant hier 'n werklike probleem.

PHILLIPS: So, wat dink jy? As u na hierdie saak kyk en u sien wat opgeduik het en wat nie, het u ook die wet op verkragtingsskild in ag geneem, is daar 'n saak hier? Wie, dink ek, het die sterkste saak?

MUNSON: Dit gaan 'n baie noue saak wees. Ek dink Kobe het waarskynlik meer probleme as wat ons almal gedink het.

Ek glo daar is waarskynlik fisiese bewyse, mediese bewyse wat vir Kobe Bryant, vir sy prokureurs, baie inkriminerend gaan wees. Daarmee sal hulle werklike probleme ondervind. Dit is nie iets wat hy kan afskud nie. Hy is nie koeëlvas hier nie. Ek is nie seker dat selfs Kobe Bryant verstaan ​​hoe ernstig hy in die moeilikheid is nie.

PHILIPS: Ek weet vinnig dat ons te min tyd hier gehad het, maar ek is net nuuskierig en kyk na die geskiedenis, dit is duidelik daar buite. Almal praat van: O, sy het in die verlede selfmoord probeer, en sy het nie 'American Idol' al hierdie verskillende dinge gemaak nie.

As u dit in ag neem as u na die emosionele toestand kyk, moet prokureurs bewys dat dit moontlik is dat sy probleme ondervind het, maar hier is die bewyse dat sy verkeer het - sy is reg, sy is normaal.

MUNSON: Ek is nie eens seker of hulle dit moet bewys nie. Ek dink nie dit gaan inkom nie. Negentig persent van wat ons tans in die media hoor, is waarskynlik onakkuraat. Selfs as dit akkuraat is, sal dit nie bewys word wanneer die verhoor begin nie.


Geen gevangenisstraf vir Albert na verskoning nie, maar die sportman het gesê dat hy 'n jaar lank uit die moeilikheid sou bly

Marv Albert is Vrydag tronkstraf gespaar ná 'n wrokende verskoning aan die vrou wat hy gebyt het tydens 'n seksuele rompslomp.

Ek is jammer as sy voel dat sy benadeel is, het die voormalige NBC -sportmeester tydens vonnisoplegging gesê. Hy kon 'n jaar tronkstraf gekry het, maar in plaas daarvan sal sy kriminele rekord uitgewis word as hy 'n jaar lank uit die moeilikheid bly.

Buite die hof het hy gesê: 'Ek wil net die stukke van my lewe weer bymekaarmaak en uiteindelik my uitsaaibedryf herstel.'

Bekwame bewerings oor die sekslewe van Albert, insluitend sy liefde vir drietalle en vroue se onderbroek, het daartoe gelei dat die 56-jarige sportcaster sy verhoor kortgeknap het en verlede maand skuld beken het op aanranding en batterye. Aanklaers het gewelddadige sodomie -aanklagte laat vaar, wat tot vyf jaar lewenslange gevangenisstraf opgelê kan word.

Die 42-jarige Vanessa Perhach, wat in die voorste ry van die hofsaal gesit het, het saggies gehuil toe die aanklaers die saak vertel.

Sy beweer dat Albert in woede ontplof het in 'n hotelkamer op 12 Februarie nadat sy sy versoek geweier het om 'n ander man in die bed te bring vir seks seks. Sy het gesê dat hy haar op die bed neergegooi het, haar meer as 'n dosyn keer op die rug gebyt het en haar gedwing het om orale seks met hom te doen.

Nadat die prokureurs van Albert tydens sy vonnisoplegging van die hand gewys het, het aanklaers die uiters ongewone stap geneem om hom op die tribune te roep in 'n poging om aan te toon dat hy nie berouvol was nie.

Terwyl Albert wel verskoning aangebied het, het hy bygevoeg dat byt 'n normale aktiwiteit was as die twee seks gehad het.

In die verlede was daar konsensuele byt. Op hierdie spesifieke aand het ek eers in haar getuienis besef dat sy voel dat sy leed aangedoen is, ” Albert getuig. Ek is jammer daarvoor. ”

Toe aanklaers druk en Albert vra of hy voel dat die ontmoeting verkeerd is, het regter Benjamin N.A. Kendrick hulle afgesny.

Hy het gesê dat hy jammer is dat sy seergekry het. Wat kan 'n individu nog sê? ” het die regter gesê. Hy het die aanklaers se versoek om 'n kort tronkstraf van die hand gewys.

Die volgende jaar is Albert nie onder direkte toesig van 'n proefbeampte nie, maar hy moet voortgaan om berading te ontvang, en die regter sal gereeld kyk na sy vordering. As hy gedurende daardie tydperk 'n misdaad pleeg, kan hy tronk toe gaan.

Plaaslike joernalistiek is noodsaaklik.

Gee direk aan The Spokesman-Review se Northwest Passages-gemeenskapsforums-reekse-wat help om die koste van verskeie verslaggewers- en redakteursposte by die koerant te vergoed-deur die eenvoudige opsies hieronder te gebruik. Geskenke wat in hierdie stelsel verwerk word, is nie aftrekbaar van belasting nie, maar word hoofsaaklik gebruik om te help om aan die plaaslike finansiële vereistes te voldoen wat nodig is om nasionale ooreenstemmingsgeld te ontvang.


Wie sê dat vroue nooit lieg oor verkragting nie?

Deur Cathy Young
Gepubliseer 10 Maart 1999 11:32 (EST)

Aandele

Janita Broaddrick se plofbare aanklag dat president Clinton haar 21 jaar gelede verkrag het, het die feministe beweging se moeilikste en mees verwarde reaksie tot nog toe op Clinton se chroniese vroueprobleme ontlok. Die president van die National Organization for Women, Patricia Ireland, het 'n verklaring uitgereik wat terselfdertyd te hard en te swak kon wees. Te hard omdat dit Clinton in wese verbied het om homself te verdedig, en het vooraf as 'n "moer en slet" -taktiek die bewering dat Broaddrick die verhaal opgemaak het of seksuele voorstelling as aanranding voorgestel het, veroordeel. Te swak omdat dit, nadat sy haar 'dwingende' rekening onderskryf het, die land aangemoedig het om aan te gaan en 'ophou om tyd te mors op onbewysbare aanklagte'. As u meen dat ons waarskynlik 'n verkragter in die Withuis het, moet u dan nie sy bedanking eis nie? Dit is duidelik dat feministe steeds geskeur is tussen lojaliteit aan Clinton - of ten minste onwilligheid om enigiets te doen wat sy politieke teenstanders kan help - en die oortuiging dat 'n vrou wat 'n aanklag van verkragting maak, ondersteun moet word.

Dit is nie vir my 'n dilemma nie. Ek het nog nooit vir Clinton as 'n liberale konserwatief gestem nie; ek bevraagteken die meeste van sy "pro-vrou" -beleid, van regstellende aksie tot die Wet op geweld teen vroue. Wat Broaddrick betref, ek weet nie of haar verhaal waar is nie. Die bewering is baie ontstellend, so ook die feit dat die president van die Verenigde State so min geloofwaardigheid het dat sy ontkenning niks beteken nie. Maar ek is ook bekommerd oor die “glo die vrou” -ywerigheid wat net so erg vir feminisme kan wees as trou aan 'n politieke bondgenoot. Hierdie ywer word nou omhels deur sommige konserwatiewes, wat die feministiese aanduidings uitspreek oor hoe gebrek aan ondersteuning vir Broaddrick ander slagoffers sal ontmoedig om na vore te kom.

Baie het gesê dat 'n slagoffer van verkragting in 1978, veral een wat betrokke was by 'n owerspelige saak, soos Broaddrick, waarskynlik ongeloof en opstand sou ondervind as sy na vore kom. Eintlik het dinge teen 1980 vinnig verander, 46 state het 'wette teen verkragting' gehad wat die gebruik van die vrou se seksuele geskiedenis in 'n verkragtingsverhoor verhinder het. Maar die feministe wat gehelp het om hierdie veranderinge teweeg te bring, beveg ongetwyfeld werklike onreg. In die 70's is juriste in verkragtingsverhore gewoonlik aangeraai om die getuienis van die vrou met spesiale omsigtigheid te behandel, aangesien 'n aanklag van verkragting 'maklik gemaak en moeilik is om te verdedig, selfs al is die beskuldigde onskuldig' (die 'Hale -waarskuwing', gebaseer op die voorskrif van die Britse regsgeleerde Lord Matthew Hale uit die 17de eeu) en om 'onkuise karakter' as 'n beskadiging van die geloofwaardigheid van die beskuldigde te beskou of om toestemming aan te dui.

Maar al te dikwels het feministiese retoriek net die ou stereotipes wat die meeste verkragtingsklaers beskou het as vervangde vroue of geslagsgierige neurotika vervang deur 'n ewe simplistiese clichi: 'Vroue lieg nie oor verkragting nie.' Die regsteoretikus Catharine MacKinnon beweer dat "feminisme gebaseer is op die geloof van vroue se seksuele gebruik en mishandeling deur mans." Sommige kolleges met spraakkodes het gepraat van bewerings oor valse verkragting gelykgestel aan 'diskriminerende teistering'. Aktiviste kan selfs weier om 'slagoffers' te glo wat erken dat hulle gelieg het, wat daarop dui dat vroue uit vrees of ontkenning ophou, en baie harte wanneer die media verhale van vals beskuldigde mans bekend maak.

Eintlik toon FBI -statistieke dat ongeveer 9 persent van die verkragtingsverslae 'ongegrond' is - van die hand gewys sonder dat klagtes ingedien word. Die feministiese partylin is dat die meeste hiervan geldige klagtes is, omdat die owerhede nie genoegsame bewys het nie of dat hulle nie kennis dra van kennis van verkragting nie. Maar ontslag weens onvoldoende bewyse vind gewoonlik verder in die pyplyn plaas en is nie in die kategorie 'ongegrond' nie. Oor die algemeen is 'n klagte ongegrond as die beskuldigde herhaal of as haar verhaal nie net gesteun word nie, maar weerspreek word deur bewyse.

Om vals bewerings te meet, is nog moeiliker, aangesien beleid oor ongegronde klagtes tussen jurisdiksies verskil. 'N Washington Post-ondersoek in Virginia en Maryland het bevind dat byna een uit elke vier verkragtingsverslae in 1990-91 ongegrond was. By kontak met die koerant het baie 'slagoffers' erken dat hulle gelieg het. Meer skokkende syfers kom uit 'n studie deur die nou afgetrede sosioloog van die Purdue-universiteit, Eugene Kanin, gepubliseer in Archives of Sexual Behavior in 1994. Nadat Kanin die polisie se rekords van 'n stad in Indiana nagegaan het, het Kanin bevind dat van 109 berigte van verkragting wat in 1978-87 ingedien is, 45 - of 41 persent- blyk vals te wees, soos die vroue self erken het na die ondersoek.

Kon werklike slagoffers teruggetrek het onder druk van seksistiese polisie? Die polisie in die stad gebruik die omstrede praktyk van leuenverklikkerstoetse, wat op wetenskaplike sowel as politieke gronde aangeval is (die toets mis selde leuenaars, maar kan 'n hoë foutpersentasie met eerlike onderwerpe hê). Maar Kanin ontleed ook polisiedossiere van twee staatsuniversiteite - waar leuenverklikkers nie gebruik is nie en alle slagoffers ondervra is deur 'n vroulike polisiebeampte - en het soortgelyke resultate gekry. Boonop, toe 'n spesifieke man beskuldig is, pas die besonderhede van die herroeping altyd by sy verhaal.

Terwyl Kanin gewaarsku het om nie uit sy gegewens te veralgemeen nie, het hy tot die gevolgtrekking gekom dat 'vals verkragtingsbeskuldigings nie ongewoon is nie'. Dit is moeilik om hom as 'n terugslag te maak: sy baanbrekersnavorsing oor "manlike seksuele aggressie in hofmakery" dateer uit die vyftigerjare en word nog steeds in feministiese literatuur oor datumverkragting aangehaal. En hy is versigtig om nie eens die gewilde opvattings te wettig dat 'huilverkragting' die gevolg is van 'n gebrek in die vroulike psige of van 'n geheime verkragtingswens nie. Sommige valse klaers is natuurlik geestelik versteurd. Maar vir die meeste vroue in Kanin se studie het die hoax 'n praktiese doel gedien, 'n 'alibi' vir 'n onwettige seksuele ontmoeting wat tydens swangerskap of op 'n ander manier wraak vir verwerping of verraad gevind kan word.

Sommige beweer dat geen vrou haarself sou blootstel aan die beproewing om 'n aanklag van verkragting te vervolg nie om sulke ligsinnige redes. Maar soos Kanin uitwys, pleeg mans en vroue uiterste dade met uiters onaangename gevolge (insluitend moord) oor 'kleinlike en alledaagse oortredings'.

Feministe ontken dikwels die beweerde gretigheid van ons kultuur om die 'mites van die leuenagtige vrou' te glo. Maar dit blyk dat dit die mite "slagoffers lieg nie" is wat vandag gevestig is nie. Daar is feitlik geen navorsing oor vals bewerings nie. Kanin se studie (wat volgens hom 'n vroulike kollega probeer ontmoedig het om te volg) het geen persdekking gekry nie.

Die 'glo die vrou' -beginsel het ook veld gewen in die regstelsel. Eens het die wette van baie state vereis dat die getuienis van die aanklaer deur ander getuienis gestaaf word (hoewel slegs 'n minderheid jurisdiksies hierdie reël ooit streng toegepas het, en teen 1980 was dit byna uitgesterf). Feministe het 'n sterk aanspraak op diskriminasie gehad toe hulle opgemerk het dat daar nie so 'n vereiste vir roof of aanranding bestaan ​​nie. Tog, soos die feministiese regsgeleerde Susan Estrich in haar invloedryke geskrifte oor verkragtingswetgewing in die 1980's erken het, is 'n skuldigbevinding baie minder waarskynlik vir enige misdaad, sonder bevestiging. Maar Estrich het aangevoer dat, aangesien 'bevestiging uniek afwesig kan wees' in kennisgewingsverkragtingsake, dat dit dieselfde gewig gee aan bevestiging vir verkragting as vir roof of aanranding, dit onregverdig was vir slagoffers van verkragting.

Natuurlik volg dit dan dat ons, om eerlik te wees, verweerders in verkragtingsake skuldig bevind op minder bewyse - en die beskuldiger se woord meer gewig moet gee - as in ander misdade. Dit maak die ou seksistiese waarskuwings oor hoe moeilik dit vir 'n onskuldige man is om hom te verdedig teen 'n aanklag van verkragting ongemaklik waar.

'Dankie tog', skryf Linda Fairstein, aanklaer van New York, in haar boek "Seksuele geweld", "[die slagoffer se] getuienis - as dit geloofwaardig is - is al wat nodig is om 'n verkragter te skuldig te stel, net soos enige ander misdadiger. "

Maar wat is 'geloofwaardig'? In 1996 word die polisiebeampte in Los Angeles, Harris Scott Mintz, beskuldig van verkragting deur twee vroue wat na bewering "baie geloofwaardig" was: 'n vrou in die buurt wat hy gepatrolleer het, toe sy eie vrou. Tydens 'n voorverhoor het die regter gesê dat hy geen twyfel het oor Mintz se skuld nie. Mnr. Mintz het erken dat sy die aanklag gemaak het omdat sy kwaad was vir haar man omdat sy in die moeilikheid was met die wet.Mintz se prokureurs het bewyse ontbloot dat die eerste aanklaer aan 'n gewese kamermaat gesê het dat sy die aanklag van verkragting bedink het. om die provinsie te dagvaar, en dat sy voorheen 'n soortgelyke hoax probeer het. Teen die tyd dat die saak in duie stort, het Mintz vyf maande in die tronk gesit.

Hier is objektiewe maniere om geloofwaardigheid te bepaal: of die storie konsekwent is, of verifieerbare besonderhede na kan gaan. Maar te dikwels het dit te doen met subjektiewe indrukke. Feministe sê dat 'n verkragter vry kan gaan omdat die vrou nie 'n 'goeie slagoffer' is nie: te kalm, te kwaad, te flitsend. Maar jurie kan ook skuldig bevind word omdat hulle van die slagoffer hou of nie van die beskuldigde hou nie. Natuurlik maak karakter en houding saak in byna elke verhoor. Maar hulle neem moontlik 'n onproportionele belang as die een of ander party die sentrale kwessie word.

Ironies genoeg skep dit 'n sterk aansporing vir die verdediging om die geloofwaardigheid van die vrou aan te val - dit wil sê die "neute en slette" -taktieke wat feministe gebruik het. Die probleem is dat die beskuldigde se karakter en haar verlede soms 'n direkte invloed kan hê op die skuld of onskuld van die beskuldigde.

Neem die 1991 -saak van Maryland -makelaar Gary Hart (nie die politikus nie), wat beskuldig en vrygespreek is van die verkragting van 'n vrou met wie hy uitgegaan het. Getuienis gelewer tydens die verhoor, wat 'n veroorsaak c él èbre in die plaaslike media, het getoon dat die vrou 'n geskiedenis van emosionele onstabiliteit en fantastiese bewerings van seksuele aanranding by psigiaters en die polisie gehad het. Dit was beslis die feite wat die jurie verdien het om te weet. Tog het baie advokate van die slagoffers gereageer asof dit 'n onnodige karakteraanval was en het die "mishandeling" van die vrou betreur. Natuurlik, as Hart onskuldig was, word hy baie erger misbruik, aangesien die negatiewe publisiteit hom gedwing het om sy onderneming te verkoop.

Baie howe het in werklikheid sulke "beledigende" navrae uitgesluit onder 'n uitgebreide interpretasie van die statute van verkragtingsskerm - nie net om verdedigingsadvokate te keer om die slagoffer te skilder as 'n slet wat dit verdien nie, maar om relevante bewyse te onderdruk wat verband hou met die vrou seksuele geskiedenis. Die misbruik van skildwette is onlangs in die kollig geplaas deur die berugte 'cybersex' -saak in New York, waarin die Columbia -doktorale student Oliver Jovanovic skuldig bevind is en 'n lang tronkstraf opgelê is vir die seksuele mishandeling van 'n Barnard -student wat hy op die internet ontmoet het. Jovanovic se bewering dat die ontmoeting behels konsensuele slawerny, is lamgelê deur die uitsluiting van gedeeltes van die korrespondensie waarin die jong vrou sadomasochisme en haar S&M -verhouding met 'n ander man bespreek het. Die wet het moontlik meineed beskerm: Op die staanplek het die vrou getuig dat sy Jovanovic nooit 'n aanduiding gegee het van haar belangstelling in S&M nie.

Niemand weet hoe gereeld mans skuldig bevind word aan verkragting op grond van vals bewerings nie. Ons weet net van die gelukkiges wat later ontslaan word - soos James Liggett in die staat Washington, wat in 1991 skuldig bevind is aan die verkragting van 'n vrou wat hy ontmoet het deur 'n afspraakdiens en 'n jaar in die tronk was voordat haar verhaal uitmekaar was (nie net nie omdat sy 'n vreeslike soortgelyke verkragting deur 'n ander man van dieselfde afspraakdiens aangemeld het, maar omdat 'n privaat speurder wat deur Liggett gehuur is, uitgevind het dat sy 'n geskiedenis van onstabiele gedrag gehad het, waaronder twyfelagtige bewerings van verkragting).

Wat meer gereeld gebeur, is dat mans wat waarskynlik onskuldig is, weens langdurige en duur beproewing, weens aktivistiese druk om nie aanklagte van verkragting te verwerp nie. Tradisionele gesindhede op die ergste kan lei tot 'n teflonstelsel waar min verkragtingsklagtes aanhang, maar vervolgingsywer namens vroue kan 'n klittenbandstelsel tot gevolg hê wat aan die twyfelagtigste aanklagte voldoen. Toe die voormalige polisiebeampte in New York, Desmond Robinson, daarvan beskuldig word dat hy 'n polisievrou seksueel aangerand het tydens 'n nag van kroegspring, het die saak vyf maande lank voortgeduur nadat die beweerde slagoffer in 'n groot leuen vasgevang was: sy het eers ontken en moes toe erken dat hulle het konsensuele seks in die badkamer van een van die tralies gehad, hoewel sy steeds daarop aangedring het dat hy haar later die aand gedwing het om orale seks te doen. (Toe sy weer haar verhaal verander en weer daarop aandring dat daar glad nie seks was nie, is die aanklagte van seksuele aanranding uiteindelik laat vaar.)

Die regstelsel is nie monolitiese verhale van oormatige ywer om beweerde skuldiges na te jaag nie. Tog bestaan ​​daar geen twyfel dat die dogma "vroue lieg nie" in baie gevalle tot ernstige skending van die regte van beskuldigdes gelei het.

Die probleem met die feministiese posisie is dat dit skynbaar geen ruimte laat vir die vermoede van onskuld wanneer 'n vrou 'n man daarvan beskuldig dat hy haar oortree het nie. Na die berugte verhoor van sportman Marv Albert, wat die regter se besluit verdedig het om kompromitteuse inligting oor Albert se verlede te erken, maar nie oor die vrou nie, het prokureur Gloria Allred "die idee dat daar 'n morele ekwivalensie tussen die beskuldigde en die slagoffer bestaan" - - asof die beskuldigde nie dieselfde morele standpunt as sy beskuldigde gehad het totdat hy skuldig bewys is nie.

Om te erken dat sommige vroue mans verkeerdelik van verkragting beskuldig, is nie meer vroulik nie, as om te erken dat sommige mans vroue verkrag. Is dit so onredelik om te dink dat sommige mense 'n unieke beskadigende en stigmatiserende aanklag as 'n wapen sal gebruik, net soos ander hul spiere as 'n wapen sal gebruik? Glo ons regtig dat as vroue mag het - en daar is beslis mag in 'n beskuldiging van verkragting - dit minder geneig is om dit te misbruik as mans? Soos professor aan die Universiteit van die Columbia -universiteit, George Fletcher, geskryf het: "Dit is belangrik om die belange van vroue as slagoffers te verdedig, maar om nie so ver te gaan dat vroue wat kla oor verkragting 'n vermoede van eerlikheid en objektiwiteit gee nie."

Feministe word al dikwels beskuldig dat hulle vroue uit trou aan Clinton verraai het. Die beskuldiging van skynheiligheid is moeilik om te weerlê, aangesien baie van dieselfde feministe solidariteit met vroue 'n basiese beginsel gemaak het. Maar feminisme moet nie gaan oor die ondersteuning van Clinton, of blindelings die ondersteuning van vroue nie. Dit moet handel oor billikheid, insluitend billikheid teenoor mans wat hulself bevind onder die wolk van 'n aanklag wat nooit bewys of weerlê kan word nie.

Cathy Young

Cathy Young is die skrywer van "Wapenstilstand! Waarom vroue en mans by kragte moet aansluit om ware gelykheid te bewerkstellig."


Wat moet gedoen word? Die uiteindelike lot van seksuele misbruikers van beroemdhede

Die afgelope jaar was daar 'n merkwaardige suiwering van baie gesogte mans uit hul werk in die regering, media en kunste-met die uitsonderlike uitsondering van president Donald Trump-weens beskuldigings van seksuele aanranding of mishandeling in een of ander vorm. Alhoewel nog nie een van die mans van misdade aangekla is nie, het geldelike skikkings deur die beskuldigde se werkgewers of die beskuldigdes self plaasgevind. Maar weens finansiële vergoeding, verstrykende verjaringswet en 'n neiging om formeel kriminele of siviele regsaksies van baie slagoffers te volg, het byna alle ander 'gevalle' aangemeld, afgesien van 'n paar polisie -ondersoeke van Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey en James Toback blyk te wees gesluit. Dit beteken natuurlik nie dat die slagoffers se verskillende vorme van skade noodwendig geëindig het nie.

'N Vraag wat moet opduik, maar nie, het betrekking op die regte aard en duur van buite-geregtelike "straf" vir hierdie klas oortreders. 'N Mens hoef nie jammer te wees vir die oortreders van beroemdhede om hierdie kwessie aan die orde te stel nie. Dit is gereeld simpatiek bespreek oor die groot getalle, gewoonlik onder die radar, voormalige misdadigers wat, nadat hulle tronkstraf uitgedien het, erge probleme ondervind om weer in die burgerlike samelewing te kom omdat werkgewers onder meer daarteen diskrimineer.

Baie, indien nie al die beroemde mans wat betrokke was by die huidige seksuele misbruikskandale nie, alhoewel hulle ryk genoeg was om 'n verlies aan inkomste te verduur, het skynbaar uit die openbare lewe teruggetrek --- 'n ernstige vorm van selfstraf vir diegene wat gewoond is aan die kollig en aanbidding . Terwyl sommige skaam voel, terwyl ander dit nie mag nie, verwag hulle almal redelik dat sommige bekendes, vriende en familielede vermy word. Hierdie mans het ook sosiale kringe wat ander bekendes bevat wat nie deur die geselskap geplunder wil word vir voortgesette assosiasie met hulle nie, wat hul risiko vir uitroeiing groter maak as selfs vir oud-gevangenes. As hulle ook in die openbaar verskyn, sal hulle altyd swermende paparazzi en vyandige woorde of optrede deur ewekansige lede van die samelewing teëkom.

Maar, in gedagte dat die skip op kriminele aanklagte gevaar het vir feitlik al die beskuldigdes en die lot van voormalige gevangenes wat tyd uitgedien het vir hul misdade, watter ander ontnemings moet daar wees wat pas by die spesifieke oortredings wat elke man vermoedelik gepleeg het? Lewenslange uitsluiting van die soort werk wat hulle beroemd gemaak het, of net oor die standaard lengte van 'n gevangenisstraf na skuldigbevinding aan 'n seksuele misdryf, en minder straf vir 'n wangedrag, of growwe, maar nie-kriminele gedrag. Daar kan ook ekstra tyd in die "vagevuur" wees as geregtigheid net ontsnap word deur slagoffers te intimideer of af te betaal? Miskien kan 'n openbare belydenis, verskoning, vergoeding aan slagoffers en relevante gemeenskapsdiens ook vereis word voordat iemand weer aangestel kan word? Uiteindelik sal diegene wat hul loopbane hervat, gemonitor moet word namate parolees periodiek deur die bestuur en medewerkers geëvalueer word?

Afgesien van wat u dink gepas moet wees, kan die waarskynlikheid, onder huidige omstandighede, van volhoubare werkloosheid in u veld meer afhang van die aard van die beskuldigde se werk, nie van die oortreding daarvan nie. Ryan Lizza, sal moontlik nie terugkeer as die Washington-korrespondent vir 'n gesogte tydskrif nie, maar kan as vryskut aanvaar word, boeke of draaiboeke skryf. As hy daarenteen op die swartlys staan, kan hy, soos lede van The Hollywood Ten, 'n skuilnaam gebruik of selfs ander vind om vir hom te "front".

Louis C.K., daarenteen, kan, soos hy het, stand-up-komedieprogramme met betaal-per-aansig produseer en sal ongetwyfeld 'n groot gehoor kan vind op 'n internetplatform. Sy uitdagende uitdaging sal sy seksgerigte humor naatloos vervang. Maar wat as u nie 'n uitstekende vaardigheid het as 'n aangename televisiepersoonlikheid en die vermoë om beroemde mense onskuldige vrae te stel nie? Charlie Rose, wie se aanstootlike, maar blykbaar nie kriminele, seksuele gedrag vergelykbaar lyk met dié van Louis C.K. nie, sou 'n onderneming nodig hê om 'n gunstige koste-bate-analise te vind om hom in diens te neem. Op die oomblik lyk dit na 'n onmoontlikheid, maar is dit so? Die saak van Marv Albert is insiggewend.

Marv Albert is een van die bekendste Amerikaanse sportuitsenders ooit. Hy was drie dekades lank die speel-vir-speel "stem" van die New York Knicks van die NBA en meer as 'n dekade lank NBC se netwerk basketbaldekking, terwyl hy ook ander groot sportsoorte dek. Albert het sekere "oproepe" bekend gemaak (byvoorbeeld: 'n nadruklike "ja!" Vir 'n mandjie wat drie-punt-skote uit die "middestad" geneem is). Almal was lief vir hom. Toe, in 1997, het dit alles neergestort toe Albert gearresteer is omdat sy 'n vrou wat ingestem het om na sy hotelkamer te byt en met geweld gesodomiseer het. Maar die aanklag van seksuele aanranding was die minste van Albert se probleme. Blykbaar het hy ook 'n voorliefde gehad om onderbroeke en 'n kousband aan te trek. Die poniekoerante het 'n velddag gehad.

Albert het uiteindelik skuld beken op aanranding en aanranding en het 'n jaar opgeskorte vonnis opgelê. Hy is onmiddellik deur NBC afgedank, en sy loopbaan het gelyk. Nietemin, twee jaar later, het NBC hom weer aangestel. Hy het daarna vir TNT en CBS gewerk, en is op 76 nog steeds bo -aan sy spel. Sou sy loopbaan in 1997 moes eindig?

'N Mens kan jou voorstel dat die huidige hindernisse vir herinstelling groter is as wat Albert in die gesig gestaar het. Slagoffers praat soos nog nooit tevore nie, en met groter mediahulpbronne om dit te doen (ten minste diegene wat prominent is, anders as diegene wat in klein kantore, fabrieke of dienswerk werk). Die bedreiging van adverteerdersboikotte en eindelose regsgedinge maak mediamaatskappye meer kommerwekkend as gehoorgebreke, wat van grootte tot geval verskil.

Tog is dit onwys om te dink dat 'n "rehabilitasie" van die Marv Albert-tipe nooit weer kan gebeur nie. Ongeag, dit is miskien meer menslik om te oorweeg watter oortreders, beroemd of nie, moontlik 'aflosbaar' is, net soos die meeste ander wat slegte, selfs kriminele dinge gedoen het. Dan kan ons ook oorweeg of, wanneer, en hoe huidige en toekomstige seksuele misbruikers 'n ander geleentheid gebied kan word om die werk te verrig wat hulle die beste doen, terwyl hulle hul gedrag uit die verlede nie goedkeur nie of nie daarin slaag om diegene met wie hulle in die toekoms omgaan te beskerm nie.


Hoe kenners Marv Albert se slagoffer verhoor het

ARM Marv Albert. Just because the TV sportcaster is accused of grabbing a couple of women, trying to force his penis into their mouths and repeatedly biting one of them, does a celebrity like him deserve to lose his job, face criminal charges and endure public humiliation?

Actually, sarcasm aside, this trial in Virginia last month was business as usual. Despite testimony by two women that Albert sexually assaulted them, despite corroborating witnesses supporting their claims, despite gruesome photographs of the accuser's mutilated back, it is Albert who has, predictably, been cast as the victim by many journalists and lawyers in TV shows and the press.

The real villains, we are informed by these individuals, are Albert's accusers and the shield laws in many states that prevent defense lawyers from exploiting the sexual history of the rape victims, in effect putting them on trial.

Participants in CNN's "Burden of Proof" cable TV show (May 23, Aug. 12) convened discussions on the ridiculous idea that the victim's wounds resulted from consensual biting and suggested (Sept. 25) the lack of tearing in the bite marks could prove she willingly submitted.

On MSNBC, another cable TV show, attorney John Zwerling offered the opinion (Sept. 23) that maybe "she asked him to bite her . . . with the intention of going to the hospital and turning him in."

An NBC news reporter cited (Sept. 23) claims she was

"suicidal." The Associated Press (Sept. 25) reported attempts to "portray Albert's accuser as a mentally unstable, chronic liar whose life was falling apart."

Moderators and participants for "Burden of Proof" (Sept. 25, Sept. 29) and NBC's "Today" (Sept. 23) took solemn note of death threats she is alleged to have leveled against a dog. The CBS "This Morning" show (Sept. 24) relayed the defense team's term

"gold-digger." "NBC Nightly News" (Sept. 23) announced: "Albert's lawyer said today the woman has a history of making up stories about men after they break up with her."

Actually, all of these stories came solely from Albert's attorneys, but they were nonetheless reported without confirmation.

Wild speculation occurred. On "Burden of Proof," TV lawyer-moderator Greta Van Susteren suggested (Sept. 22): "Let's say she has a long history of a relationship having to do with sodomy." She allso raised (May 23, Sept. 29) the legal admissibility of other men testifying that "she had asked them to bite her."

The reporter on ABC's "Good Morning America" noted (Sept. 24) the "rough sex she may have had with some men."

If there is any doubt about who was really on trial, Van Susteren referred repeatedly in one show (Sept. 23) to the victim as "the accused." (In CNN's published transcript, it was changed to "accuser," but that is not what she said.)

Even after Albert pleaded guilty to assault, some reporters continue to call the woman "the alleged victim."

Also criticized was the second woman who claimed Albert assaulted her.

Sportswriter Ira Berkow of the New York Times, appearing as a guest on the cable TV show "Larry King Live," questioned (Sept. 25) why she "never pressed charges." On the tabloid TV show "Geraldo," attorney Raoul Felder asked, "Where was she for three years, four years?"

The reporter for "Burden of Proof" incorrectly reported (Sept. 25) "there was no force," even though this second accuser testified Albert grabbed her head and pushed it toward his crotch.

In a frightening twist, some commentators used this case to launch attacks on rape shield laws, which in Virginia and most states protect rape survivors. "Burden of Proof" anchor Roger Cossack asked (Sept. 29) whether the shield law is used "as a sword against the defendant."

"This Week with David Brinkley" included an interview (Sept. 28) with Albert's attorney, Roy Black. He criticized the judge's decision to bar attacks on the victim a clip from that interview was featured (Sept. 29) on "Today."

George magazine's Gary Ginsberg in "News Chat" (Sept. 26) called the judge's ruling "blatantly unfair." Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen (Sept. 25) called for an end to the "veil of protection."

Coverage did nothing to enhance the public's understanding of sexual assault.

Scripps Howard columnist Betsy Hart, appearing (Sept. 25) on MSNBC's "News Chat," decried "this new mythology that "no' always means "no.' "

Attorney Jay Monahan, appearing on "NBC News at Issue" (Sept. 23) declared, "This is not a typical date-rape case it's not where two people meet for the first time . . . and something goes awry."

New Yorker writer and author Jeffrey Toobin, appearing on

"Good Morning America" (Sept. 24), declared that date rape is less common among those who have known each other for some time.

The truth is: Acquaintance rape can occur at any time, no matter how long the parties have known each other no always means no rape shield laws prevent defense attorneys from making a survivor's sexual history the issue in court, and the women in this case were not the ones charged with committing a violent crime.

Unfortunately, a very different impression is left by the news media because of the vigor with which attacks on the victim were aired. As was explained on "Burden of Proof" (Sept. 25) by defense attorney Roy Black, Albert is the one who "has been raped." Ah, yes, poor Marv.


Marv Albert Pleads Guilty And Is Dismissed by NBC

Marv Albert, whose staccato play-by-plays helped make him one of television's most distinctive and ubiquitous sportscasters, ended a trial filled with embarrassing testimony about his sex life by pleading guilty today to a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

Hours later, he was dismissed by NBC, where he was a leading football and basketball announcer. He also resigned from MSG, the cable network that broadcasts games of the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Mr. Albert was charged with assaulting a 42-year-old Virginia woman in an Arlington hotel room last Feb. 12. In a plea agreement that they said they had offered him before the three-day trial began, the prosecutors agreed to drop a felony charge of forcible sodomy, which could have resulted in a jail term of five years to life. Instead, by pleading guilty to the lesser charge, Mr. Albert faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced next month and a fine of up to $2,500.

Looking tired and dazed as he left the Arlington County Courthouse with his fiancee, his father and other members of his family who sat through the trial, Mr. Albert stopped briefly before a bank of microphones to thank his lawyers, family and supporters. ''I just felt I needed to end this ordeal for myself, my wonderful family, my fiancee, my friends and supporters,'' Mr. Albert said.

He declined to answer any questions.

The case became the latest celebrity trial, featuring the requisite high-powered lawyer, saturation media coverage, instant analysis by a new industry of legal commentators and a steady stream of sensational details. This time, a courtroom in suburban Virginia became the stage for a tawdry drama, in which Mr. Albert's fiancee, parents and children listened as two women described being attacked and bitten in sexual encounters in hotel rooms. One woman said Mr. Albert asked her to bring along a third participant, and the other described him as wearing women's underwear.

The guilty plea was the surprise conclusion to a humiliating public ordeal for Mr. Albert, a sports-crazed grocer's son who rose to become one of the most prominent announcers in the country. As familiar as he was behind a microphone, calling play-by-play, he became a celebrity in his own right, appearing 100 times on David Letterman's NBC and CBS late night shows.

'ɺll I wanted to do then was all I wanted to do now -- be at every game, announce every basket, keep track of every point,'' Mr. Albert said in his 1993 book, ''Iɽ Love To But I Have A Game: 27 Years Without A Life.''

Even with a pending lighter sentence, Mr. Albert, 56, faces a dim future as a sportscaster. NBC, which allowed him to continue working after he was charged by a grand jury in May, said in a statement that Mr. Albert had 'ɺsserted his innocence and assured NBC's senior management that there was no basis whatsoever to the charges,'' adding, ''Today, given Mr. Albert's plea of guilty to assault and battery, NBC terminates its relationship with Marv Albert.''

The chief witness against Mr. Albert, a woman whom he met often in hotels around the country, complained that he bit her back and forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel room after he had broadcast a Knicks basketball game on Feb. 12 in Landover, Md..

The woman testified on Tuesday how sex had played a major role in their 10-year friendship but that Mr. Albert grew angry with her that night because she did not bring along another man to join them, as he had requested.

On cross-examination, Mr. Albert's lawyer, Roy E. Black, who in 1991 won an acquittal for William Kennedy Smith in a Florida rape case, had only limited success trying to portray the woman as a liar who had actually enjoyed the sexual activities she claimed she later found objectionable.

But on Wednesday, prosecutors appeared to surprise Mr. Black by calling another woman to the stand, a former friend of Mr. Albert who told the 12-member jury that he had bitten her twice, in 1993 and 1994, and, in the second instance, while wearing women's undergarments, had tried to force her to perform oral sex.

The prosecutors had been expected to end their case today, and Mr. Black had intended to open Mr. Albert's defense by introducing evidence to bring at least the first woman's credibility into question.

But Mr. Black said after the deal was announced that Judge Benjamin N. Kendrick blocked most attempts by the defense to challenge the woman's credibility through cross-examination and the introduction of evidence through other witnesses. As a result, Mr. Black said he was persuaded to recommend that his client accept the prosecutors' offer.

''Perhaps 85 to 90 percent of the defense was excluded,'' Mr. Black said. '�use of that, it made it difficult for us to proceed as intended.'' If Judge Kendrick had ruled otherwise, he added, ''we would not be in the position we are right now.''

Nonetheless, Mr. Black struck one note of triumph, pointing out that the more serious charge, ''the major issue we were litigating,'' was dropped. ''That made it palatable for us,'' he said.

The agreement came after a succession of closed meetings that began even before the jury of seven women and five men was summoned for the start of another day in court. At one point, it appeared the prosecutors had more ammunition against Mr. Albert when the lawyers returned to the courtroom and Richard E. Trodden, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County, told the judge he had one more witness to call. But at that point, the room quickly cleared again, Mr. Albert met with his lawyers and the agreement was announced about two hours later.

Describing assault and battery under Virginia law as ''the unlawful touching of another human being in an angry, rude or vengeful manner,'' Mr. Trodden told reporters after the plea arrangement was announced that prosecutors felt comfortable offering Mr. Albert a deal and that the Virginia woman had agreed to it.

He said the testimony of the second woman, which helped establish a pattern of behavior and offset Mr. Black's efforts through cross-examination to draw the first woman's credibility into question, had a ''profound'' influence on Mr. Albert's decision to accept the plea bargain.

Mr. Trodden also defended the deal, inasmuch as after so much testimony about sex, the sodomy charge was dropped.

'ɺs you will remember,'' he said, ''the heart of the Commonwealth's opening statement was that this was a coarse, crude abuse of a human being. That was the heart of the case, not what titilates the press, with all due respect.''

With all the graphic testimony about sex, the trial quickly became ripe fodder for tabloid newspapers and comedians. Yet the proceedings caused obvious discomfort to Mr. Albert's fiancee, Heather Faulkiner his elderly father, Max his son Kenny, and other relatives and business associates who listened to unflinching witnesses descriptions of Mr. Albert's sexual preferences.

Before sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 24, Judge Kendrick ordered a standard investigation of Mr. Albert, including his finances and psychological state, to help him determine the appropriate punishment.

The case shatters the realization of a long-held dream. Born Marvin Philip Aufrichtig, Mr. Albert had by the eighth grade an imaginary radio station, WMPBA, with interviews, commercials and game coverage. His sports obsession led to jobs as a ballboy at the old Madison Square Garden, then in 1966, the radio voice of the Rangers. The next year, he became the radio voice of the Knicks, and his career continued to climb: By 1975, he was the sports anchor for WNBC-TV, Channel 4 by 1977, he was calling boxing, college basketball and pro football for NBC Sports. In 1979, he became the TV voice of the Knicks, first on WOR-TV/Channel 9 and then, as now, on the MSG Network.

Over the years, Mr. Albert's signature phrase -- ''Yes,'' shouted with undisguised glee after a basket had been sunk or a hockey goal scored -- become widely imitated.

In a statement released late this afternoon by MSG, Mr. Albert said: ''I fully understand the position in which the networks found themselves due to my very painful situation.'' He added, ''I step aside with deep humility and seek to reconstruct my personal and professional life.''


BROADCASTING The Garden Rehires A Humbled Albert

Marv Albert's career, which virtually ended after a sensational sexual assault trial last year, revived yesterday when Madison Square Garden rehired him to call Knicks games on radio and be host of the nightly ''MSG Sportsdesk'' television program.

Nearly 10 months ago, Albert resigned from the Garden -- where he had called Knicks games on television on the MSG Network -- after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for biting a former lover, Vanessa Perhach. NBC Sports fired him.

Dave Checketts, the president of the Garden, said that Albert was ''immensely loyal to this place'' even after he attained a national following on NBC. ''It's because of that we are standing here and returning the favor,'' Checketts said. ''Loyalty means a lot here.''

Asked if the notoriety surrounding his case would help the ratings for ''Sportsdesk,'' Albert deferred the question to Checketts, who said, ''I won't deny we made a business decision about helping ratings.'' The program is being overhauled with a new set to coincide with Albert's first telecast on Sept. 14.

Checketts discussed Albert's fitness to be rehired with executives of Cablevision Systems -- the Garden's parent company -- and Albert's psychotherapist.

''They had a therapist talk to me and my therapist,'' Albert said.

Checketts said, ''We were satisfied that this was the right time.''

Last year, a judge in Arlington, Va., deferred sentencing Albert to as much as a year in jail and a $2,500 fine and instead ordered him to obey the law and attend weekly counseling sessions.

Barring problems in abiding by the conditions, the judge said that Albert's record could be wiped clean by Oct. 24.

The Virginia Commonwealth Attorney's office had no comment on the Garden's rehiring of Albert, according to Bloomberg News, and neither did a lawyer for Perhach, with whom the sportscaster had a 10-year affair. During the trial, an emergency room nurse testified that Perhach had 18 to 20 bite marks on her back, one of which broke the skin.

''Therapy has been a very positive process,'' Albert said yesterday at a news conference at the Garden. ''I've learned a lot about myself.''

Albert appeared serious and humbled in his first formal news conference since the one in May 1997 that he used to denounce the indictment against him.

''What I did was wrong,'' Albert said yesterday. ''What I did hurt a lot of people, including my fiancee, my friends, my employers.''

Albert, 57, would not specifically discuss the legal imbroglio that made him into tabloid fodder, except to say, ''I went through a nightmare.''

Nor could he bring himself to say he pleaded guilty last September after three days of embarrassing testimony. ''I pleaded -- I did make statements at the time, saying I was wrong about certain parts of my life,'' he said.

''The truth is he's sorry now,'' Checketts said.

Albert pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault after prosecutors dropped the more serious felony charge of forcible sodomy.

Kathy Redmond, the president of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, said she believed Albert has not shown enough contrition.

''He hasn't proven he can be a productive member of society and not harm others,'' she said. ''He pleaded guilty, but he should make a definite apology to his victim and volunteer for an organization that helps abused women.''

Galen Sherwin, leader of New York City's chapter of the National Organization for Women, told Bloomberg News, ''It once again shows that men who are convicted of assault against women, they go on with their careers, whereas women's lives are ruined.''

Albert now faces the task of re-establishing his credibility with viewers and listeners who heard tawdry stories about sodomy and his wearing of lingerie. ''I think I'll be taken seriously in time,'' he said. ''It's something I can't control.''

As for being taunted, he said, ''It's not something I'll even focus on.''

At no time in his and his agent's talks with Garden officials did he seek a better offer than the multiyear contract for 40 to 50 Knicks games on WFAN-AM and the host's job on ''Sportsdesk.''

''I really thought it was the perfect package,'' Albert said.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but he will make far less than he did before his trial. Before last September, his total pay from NBC and MSG exceeded $2 million.

Returning to MSG -- and getting an additional job recently, helping to narrate the Chicago Bulls' championship video for N.B.A. Entertainment -- is not a precursor to another broadcast network job.

''NBC's position has not changed,'' said Ed Markey, an NBC Sports spokesman. 'ɺs of right now, there is no movement to bring him back at this time.''

Albert said he has talked to Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Sports. Bob Costas replaced Albert as NBC's top National Basketball Association play-by-play announcer. Albert had held that job since 1990.

For Albert, returning to call Knicks games on radio, a role he will share with Gus Johnson, is a step into the past. Albert was the Knicks' radio voice from 1966 to 1985 before shifting to television full time. Being host of ''Sportsdesk'' harkens back to his being Channel 4's sports anchor from 1975 to 1987.

Albert said he did not regard his latest move as a step down.

''No, it's like a step up from what I've been going through,'' he said. ''I want to work. It was a void not being involved on an everyday basis.''


Famous Hotel Scandals

There's a reason why a lot of scandals happen in hotels. Whether it's the anonymity, the convenience or the Frette sheets, people behave differently in hotels than they do at home. The fact that many often choose to behave badly is what makes them so interesting.

According to Francisca Matteoli, author of the upcoming Hotel Stories (Assouline, May 2002), hotels create a sense of freedom. "

Salvador Dalí Salvador Dalí

was completely crazy when he stayed at the Hotel Meurice, bringing in animals and half-naked women and drawing on the walls," she says from her home in Paris. "You can bet he wasn't doing that in his home." Which highlights another reason why people, especially rock stars, are always trashing hotel rooms: Someone else will clean it up for you.

It isn't the fault of the hotels that unusual events tend to take place within their walls. In fact, it's usually a compliment. The better the hotel, the juicier the scandal. They attract rich and famous people, and things tend to happen. All of these events only add to the lure of a hotel and elevate it to "legendary" status.

Some hotels, such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, embrace these events as part of their lore. The hotel seems rather proud that the reclusive billionaire

Howard Hughes Howard Hughes

rented three of their bungalows, and it was the site of

Michael Milken Michael Milken

's Thursday night "no wives" party. After all, Milken could have chosen any hotel, but he chose theirs. And as the adage goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity. only bad timing, such as in the case of the TriBeCa Grand and

Mariah Carey Mariah Carey

having her breakdown there.

Other hotels hate to admit it, but acknowledge that a scandal only helps bring in rubberneckers. Two months after the

Monica Lewinsky Monica Lewinsky

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

The pink stucco Beverly Hills Hotel is home to dozens of Hollywood tales.

Howard Hughes Howard Hughes

lived there on and off during the 1950s, paying as much as $350,000 per year (more than $2 million in today's dollars). Hughes rented three bungalows: one for his wife, one for his Muslim bodyguards and one for himself. Rumor has it that he ordered his roast beef sandwiches to be left in the fork of a tree in the garden so he could fetch them unseen.

More interestingly, and out in the open, is that the Beverly Hills Hotel was home to former junk bond king

Michael Milken Michael Milken

's Thursday night "no wives" party, which was a highlight of his annual "Predator's Ball." (The hotel was owned by Milken's fellow indictee and 1980's master of the universe,

.) The hotel confirms that ladies' underwear often hung off the crystal chandelier. Spokespeople for the hotel were more than happy to talk about the Milken parties we can only imagine what else has happened behind its pink walls that they're not telling us.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Phone: (310) 276-2251
Fax: (310) 887-2887

The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Fla.

The Biltmore in Coral Gables opened in 1926 as a fashionable hotel that attracted the likes of the Duke en

Duchess of Windsor Duchess of Windsor

Cornelius Vanderbilt Cornelius Vanderbilt

. During World War II, it was converted into an army hospital, and ghosts of dead soldiers supposedly haunt the building. But one ghost is more enduring--the legend of

The mob gangster is rumored to have stayed at the hotel at the height of his power, and the top floor Everglades Suite is known as The Al Capone Suite. In true mobster fashion, the suite has rotating walls that reveal gambling tables and a secret stairway for quick getaways. The rotating walls have been sealed off, though, so guests have to take the hotel's word that they do exist. Hmmm. The ominous sounding 13th floor was once a speakeasy, and one Capone crony,

, was murdered there. Some guests swear the elevator will occasionally stop on the 13th floor without the button being pushed. Today, Al Capone's suite rents for $2,850 a night.

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, Fla.
Phone: (305) 445-1926
Fax: (305) 913-3159

Carlyle Hotel, New York City

The Carlyle Hotel has had its fair share of drama--

Princess Diana Princess Diana

stayed at the hotel whenever she was in town,

plays the jazz clarinet nearly every Monday in the Café, and

John F. Kennedy Jr. John F. Kennedy Jr.

ate breakfast here before his plane crashed--but the Carlyle is best known as the haunt of the elder Kennedys.

maintained a suite at the hotel and his son, former President

John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy

, stayed at the Carlyle so often it was dubbed the New York White House. His suite was never rented unless the hotel checked with him first. The Carlyle is where Kennedy wound up after his legendary 45th birthday party at Madison Square Garden. To this day, there are persistent rumors about a series of hotel tunnels, which some say where used to usher both Kennedy père et fil's women in and out of the hotel (especially

Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe

). "That is the number-one question the Carlyle gets," says spokeswoman Rebecca Werner. "'Do the tunnels exist?' The official statement is that if you need the tunnels, they exist."

Carlyle Hotel
35 East 76th St.
New York, N.Y.
Phone: (212) 744-1600
Fax: (212) 717-4682

Chateau Marmont, Hollywood

Robert De Niro Robert De Niro

should stay away from Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. On March 4, 1982, he and

Robin Williams Robin Williams

John Belushi John Belushi

in one of the hotel's exclusive bungalows (history has it as either Bungalow 2 or 3.) The next day Belushi was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.

Then in 1988, De Niro was burglarized twice while he stayed at the bungalows, apparently because he likes to sleep with the sliding doors open. (Bob baby, take a hint!) The first time, the thief took a sports jacket, cassettes and a camera. The second time, the burglar ran off with the keys to his Mercedes--and the car. The car was later recovered, but there is no word about the sports jacket. We suggest that De Niro book a room at the Mondrian from now on.

Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, Calif.
Phone: (323) 656-1010
Fax: (323) 655-5311

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Her name wasn't Lola. it was Orson. Long before it was fashionable to trash hotel rooms (think

Orson Welles Orson Welles

threw furniture out of his room here in 1942.

The filmmaker came to Rio at the urging of

Nelson Rockefeller Nelson Rockefeller

, to film a documentary about Brazil called It's All True. He stayed for eight months at the Copacabana, Brazil's first luxury hotel, which looks like an enormous wedding cake and faces out on the famous Copacabana beach. By this time, the Copacabana had already achieved legendary status, as its first guest was

King Albert I King Albert I

of Belgium. In 1931, the Prince of Wales, later

King Edward VIII King Edward VIII

, once scooped goldfish out of the hotel aquarium with his bare hands and later jumped into the pool.

Welles never finished the documentary, and when his girlfriend

Delores Del Rio Delores Del Rio

broke up with him, he threw his furniture out of his bedroom. (Some accounts have him throwing the furniture into the pool.) This being Brazil, there was also lots of nakedness at the hotel. In 1939,

pranced naked around the hallways, and

Jayne Mansfield Jayne Mansfield

caused a stir by tanning topless by the pool in the '60s.

Copacabana Palace
Avenue Atlantica
Copacabana, Brazil
Phone (55) 21 548 7070
Fax: (55) 21 235 7330

Hotel Meurice, Paris

Salvador Dalí Salvador Dalí

once said, "Every morning when I wake up I experience an exquisite joy--the joy of being Salvador Dalí--and I ask myself in rapture, 'What wonderful things this Salvador Dalí is going to accomplish today?' To achieve this exquisite joy, Dalí often called upon the staff of the Hotel Meurice, where he stayed for long periods of time during the '60s. Once, Dalí asked the staff to fetch him a flock of sheep, so that he could shoot blanks at them and whoop it up. (The staff removed them when he was done.) The hotel also gathered flies at the Tuileries for Dalí, at five francs per fly.

Dalí had the habit of painting on the walls, so the hotel often had to re-paint his suite after a stay there. (The real scandal is that in doing so they probably covered up a fortune in art.) Today if a guest requests a flock of sheep or flies, the hotel will do its best to comply. "The hotel would do its best to accommodate that request, but it definitely helps if you're a famous artist," says hotel spokesperson Nina Lora.

Hotel Meurice
228 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris, France
Phone: (33) 44-58-10-10
Fax: (33) 44-58-10-15

Hotel Ritz, Paris

Pamela Harriman Pamela Harriman

died the way she lived--glamorously. In February 1997, the 76-year-old U.S. Ambassador to France and companion to many famous men (including husbands

Randolph Churchill Randolph Churchill

W. Averell Harriman W. Averell Harriman

Gianni Agnelli Gianni Agnelli

) died while swimming in the pool of the Paris Ritz. We can't think of a more fitting way to go.

In August later that year, the Ritz was back in the headlines as the place of a more tragic death. Diana, Princess of Wales, and

were staying at the hotel and exited through a back door, where they launched into a high-speed car chase away from the paparazzi. The chase ended in a fatal car crash. Fayed's father,

Mohammed Al-Fayed Mohammed Al-Fayed

, owns the hotel as well as Harrod's department store in London. The Paris Ritz was also the home of

Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway

famously said he liberated the hotel bar from the Nazis.

Hotel Ritz
15, Place Vendome
Paris, France
Phone: (33) 43 16 30 70
Fax: (33) 43 16 36 68

The Peabody, Little Rock, Ark.

Little Rock isn't known for its hotels, but everybody knows about the Peabody, formerly and infamously known as Hotel Excelsior, thanks to

. She claims that on May 8, 1991, she agreed to meet up with then-Arkansas Governor

Bill Clinton Bill Clinton

"because she thought it might lead to an enhanced employment opportunity with the state," as stated in her 20-page complaint.

In her sexual harassment suit, Jones alleged that Clinton exposed himself and asked for sex. Her case was thrown out of court in 1998. The Hotel Excelsior was bought by the Peabody group two years ago and reopened in January as the Peabody Little Rock. The hotel underwent a complete makeover, just like Paula Jones. But we think the hotel looks a heck of a lot better.

Peabody Hotel Little Rock
Three Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Ark.
Phone: (501) 906-4000

The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Charles H. Keating Jr. Charles H. Keating Jr.

should have stuck with real estate development. Keating built the sprawling, over-the-top Phoenican resort and would rather be known as the man who masterminded planned communities (complete with fake lakes.) However, the man once nicknamed "C-note Charlie" for his $100 tips will forever be associated with the savings and loan scandals of the '80s.

In 1989, his Lincoln Savings & Loan bank collapsed in a heap of worthless junk bonds, wiping out the life savings of 23,000 California seniors and costing taxpayers $3.4 billion. The feds seized his $ 300 million Phoenician hotel, built to honor his wife, Mary Elaine. Keating, who was fined $125 million, had served nearly five years in prison on 73 counts of fraud and racketeering when his convictions were reversed and he was released in 1996. Later, he pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud, but he did not serve more time. The Phoenician lives on and is considered one of the best resort hotels in the U.S.

Die Feniciër
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, Ariz.
Phone: (480) 941 8200
Fax: (480) 947 4311

Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington, Va.

The Ritz-Carlton in Arlington is connected to two of the weirdest sex scandals of the '90s.

Monica Lewinsky Monica Lewinsky

met up at the Ritz-Carlton for some lunch and girl talk, just 12 hours after FBI agents asked Tripp to start recording their conversations. Tripp was outfitted with a recording device, and the two shared coffee (skim milk for Tripp, cream for Lewinsky.) The FBI had rented a room in the hotel to keep in touch with Tripp. Lewinsky and company were back at the Ritz three days later, where she was infamously detained for 11 hours and grilled by nine prosecutors and FBI agents in Room 1012.

Kenneth Starr Kenneth Starr

later described the rooms as pleasant and "commodious."

Less than one month later, on Feb. 12, the Ritz-Carlton was back in the news for being the place where sportscaster

met up with his long-time mistress,

Vanessa Perhach Vanessa Perhach

, and she accused him of biting her on the back. After an embarrassing trial involving allegations of lingerie-wearing bedroom activities (on him, not her), Albert pleaded guilty to assault.

"I hate to say this, but when something like that happens, it's good for the hotel," says the Ritz-Carlton's director of public relations, Ellen Gayle. Gayle says that for two months after the Lewinsky episode, people flocked to the hotel to see where it all happened. "It's the curiosity factor," she says. Gayle says there was no increase after the Albert event, but she will occasionally get phone calls from couples seeking to stay in the "Marv Albert suite." "People are funny," she says. "We get a lot of weird requests." Gayle also has a cheeky attitude towards marketing scandal. "I would have loved to have put together a package where you can stay in the Monica Lewinsky room and get the Club Monaco lipstick, or do something with Marv Albert on Halloween, but that wouldn't be very Ritz-Carlton." She's right, but it would be great publicity.

The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, Va.
Phone: (703) 415-5000
Fax: (703) 415-5061

Sheraton Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Warren G. Harding Warren G. Harding

picked an eerily fitting place to die: the Presidential Suite of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, now the Sheraton Palace. In June of 1923, Harding set out on a cross-country trip to meet the American people and drum up support for his struggling re-election campaign in 1924.

When the president and his wife got to San Francisco, they stayed at the Palace Hotel where Harding fell ill. He died suddenly on Aug. 2, 1923, and rumors still abound over the circumstances of his death. The official cause is listed as a "stroke of apoplexy," but legend also blames food poisoning. One rumor is that his wife killed him because of his numerous affairs and illegitimate children. Harding was well-known for his carnal appetite and once told reporters, "It's a good thing I'm not a woman. I would always be pregnant. I can't say no." (Theodore Roosevelt's famously caustic daughter,

Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth

, once said of him: "Harding was not a bad man. He was just a slob.")

The hotel is also known for a certain towel episode. In 1906, the Italian tenor

Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso

was staying at the hotel when the great earthquake struck. He ran out of the hotel wearing only a towel and vowed never to return to San Francisco. He kept his word and never did. The Palace's sales coordinator, Liz Pasha, says that guests rarely inquire about Harding. "I don't think people know about it because it happened such a long time ago," she says.

The Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, Calif.
Phone: (415) 512-1111
Fax: (415) 543-0671


Albert Cops Plea, Loses Job Nbc Fires Sportscaster After He Pleads Guilty To Assault And Battery Charge

Marv Albert, whose staccato play-by-plays helped make him one of television’s most distinctive and ubiquitous sportscasters, ended a trial filled with embarrassing testimony about his sex life by pleading guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

Hours later, he was dismissed by NBC, where he was a leading football and basketball announcer. He also resigned from MSG, the cable network that broadcasts games of the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Albert was charged with assaulting a 42-year-old Virginia woman in a hotel room last Feb. 12 in Landover, Md.

In a plea agreement that they said they had offered him before the three-day trial began, the prosecutors agreed to drop a felony charge of forcible sodomy, which could have resulted in a jail term of five years to life. Instead, by pleading guilty to the lesser charge, he faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced next month and a fine of up to $2,500.

Looking tired and dazed as he left the Arlington County Courthouse with his fiancee, his father and other members of his family who sat through the trial, Albert stopped briefly before a bank of microphones to thank his lawyers, family and supporters. “I just felt I needed to end this ordeal for myself, my wonderful family, my fiancee, my friends and supporters,” Albert said.

He declined to answer any questions.

The case became the latest celebrity trial, featuring the requisite high-powered lawyer, saturation media coverage, instant analysis by a new industry of legal commentators and a steady stream of sensational details. This time, a courtroom in suburban Virginia became the stage for a tawdry drama, in which Albert’s fiancee, parents, and children listened as two women described being attacked and bitten in sexual encounters in hotel rooms. The women said Albert asked them to bring along a third participant, and, in one instance, he was described as wearing women’s underwear.

The guilty plea was the surprise conclusion to a humiliating public ordeal for Albert, a sports-crazed grocer’s son who rose to become one of the most prominent announcers in the country.

As familiar as he was behind a microphone, calling play-by-play, he became a celebrity in his own right, appearing 100 times on David Letterman’s NBC and CBS late night shows.

“All I wanted to do then was all I wanted to do now - be at every game, announce every basket, keep track of every point,” Albert said in his 1993 book, “I’d Love To But I Have A Game: 27 Years Without A Life.”

Even with a pending lighter sentence, Albert, 56, faces a dim future as a sportscaster. NBC, which allowed him to continue working after he was charged by a grand jury in May, said in a statement that Albert “asserted his innocence and assured NBC’s senior management that there was no basis whatsoever to the charges,” adding, “Today, given Mr. Albert’s plea of guilty to assault and battery, NBC terminates its relationship with Marv Albert.”

The woman with whom Albert was involved complained that he bit her back and forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel room after he had broadcast a Knicks game on Feb. 12 in Landover.

As the chief witness against him, the woman testified on Tuesday how sex had played a major role in their 10-year friendship but that Albert grew angry with her that night because she did not bring along another man to join them, as he had requested.

On cross-examination, Albert’s lawyer, Roy Black, who in 1991 won an acquittal for William Kennedy Smith in a Florida rape case, had only limited success trying to portray the woman as a liar who had actually enjoyed the sexual activities she claimed she later found objectionable.

But on Wednesday, prosecutors appeared to surprise Black by calling another woman to the stand, a former friend of Albert’s who told the 12-member jury that he had bitten her twice, in 1993 and 1994, and in the second instance, while wearing women’s undergarments had tried to force her to perform oral sex.

The prosecutors had been expected to end their case on Thursday, and Black had intended to open Albert’s defense by introducing evidence to bring at least the first woman’s credibility into question.

But Black said after the deal was announced that Judge Benjamin Kendrick blocked most attempts by the defense to challenge the woman’s credibility through cross-examination and the introduction of evidence through other witnesses. As a result, Black said he was persuaded to recommend that his client accept the prosecutors’ offer.

“Eighty-five to 90 percent of the defense was excluded,” Black said. “Because of that, it made it difficult for us to proceed as intended.” If Kendrick had ruled otherwise, he added, “we would not be in the position we are right now.”

Nonetheless, Black struck one note of triumph, pointing out that the more serious charge, “the major issue we were litigating,” was dropped. “That made it palatable for us,” he said.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: What’s next A look at the legal road ahead for former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert: Albert, who has no prior convictions, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24. He could receive up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The judge has ordered a presentence investigation.

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Mike Tyson

AP Photo/Francois Mori Tyson was convicted of raping former beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room in 1991. He was sentenced to six years in prison and served three years before being released on parole. He has faced charges and allegations for numerous offenses on several occasions since.