Report: Aspen real estate broker faces assault allegation in New York
Ryan Summerlin February 8, 2013
ASPEN – A man who brokers residential real estate in the Aspen area has been accused of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred last week in a posh New York City hotel, according to a story in the New York Post.
Citing unnamed “law enforcement sources,” the Post reported Tuesday that Keith Hartigan, 37, was arrested early the morning of Feb. 1 at The Standard High Line NYC hotel in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan and charged with first-degree rape.
Hartigan runs View West Properties, which provides residential real estate services in Aspen and Snowmass Village, according to the company’s website. However, View West has a Denver office and phone number.
Local phone directories do not list Hartigan. The Post describes Hartigan as an “Aspen-based real estate honcho to the stars.”
Hartigan left a voice message at The Aspen Times on Thursday, saying the Post story was untrue. He said he made an initial court appearance in New York on Wednesday and has not been charged with any crime.
He added that he “feels slandered by the New York Post” and that he “already has been humiliated by this.”
Attempts to reach Hartigan for further comment on Thursday, after he left a voice message at 4 p.m., were not successful. A follow-up story in the Post on Wednesday reported that prosecutors have yet to convene a grand jury in the matter and that the investigation is continuing.
The initial Post story says the incident allegedly occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, hours “after a buddy of Hartigan’s first cozied up to the 31-year-old victim at the trendy 675 Bar on Hudson Street.”
The friend then brought the woman back to a room on the ninth floor of The Standard, where rates run as high as $1,700 per night, the Post reported, citing unnamed sources.
At some point, the friend and the woman fell asleep, according to the story. The victim said she was suddenly awakened by a drunken Hartigan as he groped her and ripped off her underwear, the newspaper reported.
He allegedly climbed on top of the woman and raped her, the story quoted police sources as saying.
The “terrified victim shoved Hartigan off of her and dashed out of the room,” the story said.
Hartigan was arrested that same morning and released from jail after posting $7,500 bail, the story added.
Pitkin County real estate records show that Hartigan recently brokered two transactions. In November, he represented a buyer who paid $305,000 for a unit in the Independence Square hotel. In December, he represented a buyer who paid $1.6 million for a house on Eighth Street.