Suit accuses Nikos Hecht of rape at Mexican resort
A Florida woman is suing Aspen developer Nikos Hecht for allegedly raping her at a Mexican resort while her young nephew and friend witnessed a portion of the incident.
Defense attorney Pamela Mackey of Denver, who represented Hecht in an unrelated criminal domestic-violence case in Aspen, accused Aspen lawyer David Bovino, who filed the suit, of having a “personal vendetta against Mr. Hecht that blinds him to the groundless and frivolous nature of these allegations.”
Bovino also is the attorney for a woman whose complaints led to criminal charges against Hecht in Pitkin County Court. She accused him of harassing, threatening and physically abusing her. On Feb. 24, a judge sentenced Hecht to two years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment.
Mackey said she won’t be defending Hecht, 45, in the civil lawsuit. She said the plaintiff shopped the case to “numerous civil attorneys across the country,” but only Bovino took it.
Bovino, however, said Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, an international law firm called a “litigation powerhouse” by The Wall Street Journal, also will be representing the plaintiff.
“In light of what Pamela Mackey does for a living, we don’t give her comments much credence,” he said.
Meanwhile, Suzanna F. Dailey’s lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Denver, claims she was on a family vacation in Cabo San Lucas at the time of the incident. The suit claims her family met the Hecht family the night before the alleged rape, when they planned a dinner get-together at an organic farm with a restaurant.
Hecht’s children, his then-wife, his father and another Aspen family were among the 21 people at the gathering held March 25, 2015, the suit says.
When the party scattered, Hecht invited Dailey, who was 66 years old at the time, to take a stroll with him to the gardens, according to the lawsuit.
“Hecht helped Ms. Dailey, a woman more than 20 years his senior, up the path into the gardens,” the suit says. “Once they were out of the group’s line of sight, he suddenly grabbed the back of Ms. Dailey’s neck with one hand, pulling her forcefully to him,” and then raped her, the suit says. She later found out that her nephew and friend witnessed “at least part of the horrific incident,” the suit says.
Dailey didn’t report the incident to local authorities because she was in a foreign country, the suit says, noting she later underwent psychological treatment.
After she learned of the criminal charges that were brought against Hecht in August in Aspen, she told Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo and the District Attorney’s Office about the Cabo San Lucas incident because she was “concerned that law enforcement may not have had the full story on Hecht” and his violent and abusive behavior toward women, the suit says.
DiSalvo declined to comment, but Mackey said the conversation with the sheriff did occur, based on her review of discovery in the criminal case.
In an email to The Aspen Times, District Attorney Sherry Caloia said her office wouldn’t investigate an alleged crime outside of its jurisdiction. She would not confirm whether she spoke to Dailey because “I cannot talk about sexual assaults because of the sensitive nature of the crime.”
The lawsuit makes three civil claims: assault; battery and criminal assault; and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Hecht did not return a telephone message left at his residence.
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