Prosecutor: Larry Ray coerced college women for sex, money_freckle removal cream walgreens

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  • Larry RayAmerican baseball player
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NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor cast an ex-convict Thursday as a mobster-like figure who coerced his daughter’s college friends to join his “family” as he accumulated power, sex and money, forcing one woman into a sex work enterprise so lucrative that she gave him $1 million in a single year.

A defense lawyer, though told the Manhattan federal court jury during the trial's opening statements that Lawrence Ray committed no federal crimes as he encircled himself with college-age “storytellers" who claimed to have poisoned him and arranged to have him physically attacked.

“You'll see that Larry Ray is not guilty," attorney Allegra Glashausser said.

Ray, who once served as the best man at a wedding of former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, has been incarcerated since his early 2020 arrest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey Keenan began her opening statement with a description of a gruesome October 2018 attack she said Ray carried out on a woman who gave Ray over a million dollars in sex work proceeds that year alone.

She said Ray and a woman who served as his “trusted lieutenant" found the woman they had “forced into a life of prostitution" at a hotel, where Ray tortured her for hours to make sure she'd continue her sex work.

The prosecutor said Ray used “violence, fear, sex and manipulation" to gain sex, power and money.

The abuse began in the fall of 2010 when Ray began living in his daughter's on-campus small townhouse dormitory dwelling at Sarah Lawrence College, where he persuaded his daughter's friends to stay the next summer at his Manhattan apartment, she said.

There, Keenan said, Ray learned their secrets and insecurities and exploited them, “profiting off their labor, their money and even their bodies."

“Once he gained control of their lives, ... he took over their lives," she said.

The women were forced to do manual labor for Ray in 2013 in North Carolina at his stepfather's home and obey his commands after he convinced them they owed him money for damaging some of his belongings or for trying to poison him, the prosecutor said.

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