Airbnb paid an Australian tourist $7 million after she was allegedly raped at knifepoint in a Manhattan rental by an assailant who somehow had a copy of the apartment’s keys, according to a new bombshell report.
The alleged rape occurred early on New Year’s Day in 2016 after the unnamed 29-year-old woman and several friends rented a first-floor apartment on West 37th Street, a few blocks south of Times Square, according to a Bloomberg report published Tuesday.
The guests allegedly picked up their keys from a nearby bodega earlier that night without showing identification, then went out to a New Year’s Eve party.
When the victim returned from a bar without her friends shortly after midnight, the suspect, 24-year-old Junior Lee, was hiding in the bathroom, Bloomberg reported. He pointed a kitchen knife at her, grabbed her and raped her, according to the outlet.