Prosecutors for the state of Nevada dropped all charges that were filed against four men — three of whom are brothers — after a woman falsely accused them of raping her in late July.
The unnamed woman claimed that Ali Badkoobehi, Poria Edalat, Saman Edalat and Sina Edalat had repeatedly raped her in a hotel suite at the Wynn after she met one of the men at the hotel bar, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. She told investigators that Badkoobehi pushed her into a chair and then forced himself on top of her before the three other men entered the suite and took turns raping her. According to the report, the woman said she tried to resist, "but she was too intoxicated and overwhelmed because of how many people were attacking her and she could not fight back."
In a short hearing on Monday, state prosecutors dropped all charges against the four men — which included sex assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault, and first-degree kidnapping — after video evidence emerged that cleared the men of the allegations made against them.
"Badkoobehi’s attorneys Robert Draskovich and Michael Horvath said video showed that the allegations were false and the sex was consensual," the Review-Journal reports. "Craig Hendricks, who represents Poria Edalat, said prosecutors were presented exculpatory video evidence that showed 'extremely different' circumstances than what was initially reported to authorities."
"After review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated," lawyers for the men said in a statement. "The evidence confirmed the men’s innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges."
The Review-Journal noted that none of the four men appeared in court for the hearing that reportedly lasted under one minute as they were free on their own recognizance. In their own statement, the four men praised the U.S. justice system and the presumption of innocence:
"We are so grateful to the justice system for recognizing that we were the victims in this case," the statement reads. "We knew when the facts came out that the vicious allegations would be exposed as lies and our good names would be cleared. At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that women should be respected and heard and believed. But as this case shows, it is also important to keep a critical eye on those willing to use the movement for their own selfish motives and remember that innocent until proven guilty is one of our country’s bedrock principles."