A 37-year-old Goldman Sachs executive has been charged with raping a young woman during a party at his rental home in East Hampton last week, according to East Hampton Town Police.
Jason Lee, who lives and works in Manhattan, was arrested the morning of Tuesday, August 20—his 37th birthday—after police said he forced a 20-year-old woman to have sex with him early that morning. He was arraigned on a charge of first-degree rape the following day and posted $20,000 bail.
According to Edward Burke Jr., the Sag Harbor attorney retained by Mr. Lee, he is an innocent man.
“Mr. Lee adamantly denies these allegations,” he said in a statement. “He is a very accomplished individual who has never been in trouble with the law. His wife supports him and he looks forward to clearing his name in court.”
Mr. Burke and his partner Brian DeSesa did not return several phone calls and emails for comment and referred a reporter to Risa Heller, a public relations specialist, who provided Mr. Burke’s statement.
According to the felony complaint provided by the East Hampton Town Justice Court, Mr. Lee is accused of forcing himself on the victim, using his arm to hold her down and having intercourse with her, between 4 and 6:30 a.m. on the morning of August 20 at a house he was renting on Clover Leaf Lane. The house is listed on Douglas Elliman’s website as renting for $33,000 for the month of August.
East Hampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Robert Gurney said that there was a “get-together of a number of individuals” at the house Monday night and into Tuesday morning, but couldn’t say how many people were at the party. Other reports have said there was a pool party that night, where people were swimming nude, but police would not confirm that.
Police did say that a report of a stolen vehicle brought officers to the house that morning.
Mr. Lee and his friends had been at the Georgica restaurant and lounge in Wainscott before driving to the Clover Leaf Way home, according to a police report. Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson declined to comment on whether Mr. Lee met the victim there or on any relationship between the two.
The police report said the party moved to Mr. Lee’s house when the restaurant closed. Police said a friend of Mr. Lee gave permission to an acquaintance to drive a drunk partier home in his Yukon Denali, but that person did not return with the vehicle. Mr. Lee’s friend then called the police to report a stolen vehicle. The car was found the next day in Montauk, and no charges were pressed.
Det. Lt. Anderson said police found the victim inside the home when they responded to the stolen vehicle report. Other reports have said that Mr. Lee hid in his car from officers, but police would not confirm that.
Mr. Lee was subsequently arrested and appeared in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday, where he posted $20,000 bail and was released. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota had asked that bail be set at $25,000.
Mr. Lee, a managing director in equity and capital markets for Goldman Sachs, has been with his company since 1998, according to a spokesman for the firm. Mr. Lee is now on leave as he deals with the matter, the spokesman added. He said Goldman Sachs would not comment on the case.
Police said the investigation is still ongoing and would not discuss details. Anyone with information has been asked to contact Town Police at 537-7575.