Defense Lawyer Says Women ‘Especially Good At Lying’ In Tech Mogul Rape Trial

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Tech Mogul Mark Giannini is on trial for raping a 28-year-old woman on June 19, 2014. She was interviewing for a housekeeping position when he drugged and raped her. His defense attorney Steve Farese told the jury “women can be especially good” at lying while accusing the alleged victim of being a prostitute. The jury is made up of 9 women and 3 men.
Giannini has pleaded not guilty in two other cases —  raping a 23-year-old employee at his home in September 2013, and a 19-year-old employee in 2011.

“People can be very good at lying. Women can be especially good at it because they’re the weaker sex and we… want to protect them and not have anybody take advantage of them,” defense attorney Steve Farese told the court on Thursday during closing arguments, following a three-day trial.

“There’s always a reason behind a lie,” he added.

“These sorts of ideas and myths about rape are precisely what makes it hard for a woman to come forward and report a rape in the first place,” Fatima Goss Graves, president-elect of the National Women’s Law Center, told The Huffington Post in an interview.