Dueling motions in Nikos Hecht rape lawsuit | AspenTimes.com

Dueling motions in Nikos Hecht rape lawsuit

Attorneys for a woman accusing Aspen developer Nikos Hecht of rape filed court documents this week calling his motion to dismiss or refine her lawsuit an “audacious” move.

“Hecht seeks to strike (the plaintiff’s) complaint because he finds the allegations too scandalous and embarrassing to him,” said a pleading filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court by the alleged victim’s attorneys, Jennifer Altman of Miami and David Bovino of Aspen. “As alleged in (the) complaint, Hecht brutally raped (the plaintiff), an older woman he just met, yards away from family members. That violent act and the entire circumstances are extraordinarily shocking and inherently scandalous, and no less embarrassing to this day to the victim herself who had to experience this ordeal.”

The filing was in response to a motion levied May 9 by Hecht’s Denver legal team of Michael Plachy and Douglas Tumminello.

The motion claimed the lawsuit is loaded with such superfluous, irrelevant details as Hecht’s domestic violence case from August in Aspen that led to his guilty plea in February. As a result, a Pitkin County judge sentenced him to two years probation.

The motion aims to strike the lawsuit, which was filed March 10, on the grounds that its allegations are “highly prejudicial” to Hecht, 46. The motion suggests refiling the suit, provided it is a “short and plain statement,” as an alternative.

Tuesday’s filing by the plaintiff, however, says Hecht’s motion should be denied because it has failed to demonstrate the allegations are irrelevant.

The suit accuses Hecht of committing rape at a Mexico resort in March 2015. The rape allegedly happened while Hecht’s children, his then-wife, his father and another Aspen family were among the 21 people at a dinner gathering at a farm with a restaurant.

When the party broke up, Hecht invited the woman, who was 66 years old at the time, to take a walk with him to the nearby gardens, where he raped her, the lawsuit alleges.

“Had Hecht not engaged in such egregious and violent behavior, the allegations would not just be irrelevant, they would be unnecessary as would this action,” this week’s filing says.

The woman did not report the alleged sexual assault to Mexican authorities.

Hecht also faces another lawsuit in Denver federal court, where a woman has accused him of physically and mentally abusing him. The woman is his ex-girlfriend whose complaints to local authorities last year led to the criminal charges in Aspen.

Hecht is a wealthy developer, hedge-fund manager and member of a prominent Aspen family. He has not responded to past messages seeking comment about the lawsuits.

rcarroll@aspentimes.com


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