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"Lawyer says tape proves rough sex was consensual"

on Thursday, 01 September 2011. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

ABC7

The videotape tells a different story -- that is the claim from a San Francisco lawyer accused of sexually assaulting three women he found on Craigslist. He videotaped some of those encounters, evidence he insists prove his accusers are lying.

 

The case has sex, the attorney says there are lies and there is videotape. The case also involves sadomasochism and sexual domination. All of it came out Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.

Three women who say they were victims are testifying. ABC7 has decided not to reveal their identities.

The 19-year-old woman says she responded to Michael Hoffman's ad on Craigslist in early June.

Hoffman wrote that he liked to degrade and dominate his partners.

The 50-year-old defendant is a labor lawyer with a downtown office. He specializes in cases where workers claim they have been wrongfully terminated and sexually harassed.

"Michael Hoffman put his ad in thw Craigslist looking for people to 'I want to beat you, I want to pull your hair, I want you to whimper,'" defense attorney Stu Hanlon said.

The woman, who responded with the name Liz, says she had sex with Hoffman twice before the assault in his apartment near Aquatic Park on June 25.

Liz says she told Hoffman she wanted to chat and did not want sex but that he raped her anyway.

Hanlon says Liz and the other two reported victims knew what they would encounter when they responded to Hoffman's ads for rough sex and that it was consensual.

Just before the noon break, Hanlon surprised the court by saying Hoffman had videotaped the sexual encounter with Liz.

"It's just the evidence shows to me she's lying, and the video will support it as does the audio; it's sad why she would do this, I have no idea," Hanlon said....

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