The judge presiding over the civil trial called the attack "indescribably brutal," but in 2013 Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey chose to drop the original criminal charge to misdemeanor unlawful contact instead of felony sexual assault.
The victim, Amanda Wilson, and her attorney, Qusair Mohamedbhai, told The Denver Post the verdict announced late last week was a victory for other sexual assault victims. And they criticized the district attorney's office for failing to prosecute her attacker on more serious charges for the February 2013 attack.
"I hope this verdict is empowering to any woman or person who has felt helpless and terrified at the hands of another," Wilson, 30, wrote in an e-mail to The Post. "Rape destroys lives and it does matter, even when the criminal justice system brushes you off and prefers you to be quiet. You do matter."
The case is unusual for many reasons, including its large verdict and because a jury took the word of a former exotic dancer over that of a respected businessman who had lavished her with gifts, money and a job, court observers said.