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Well-To-Do Real Estate Broker Accused Of Raping Internet Date

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A well-to-do real estate broker at a high-end Manhattan firm has pleaded not guilty to a rape charge brought from a young woman he met on the Internet.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Lakhinder Vohra, 47, met the woman through a Web site called SeekingArrangement.com. The woman claimed Vohra attacked her on her first visit to his Wall Street apartment.

The Web site caters to men like Vohra, who works for the firm Nest Seekers described as “sugar daddies with lots of cash.” Vohra used the handle “Daddylovesarmcandy” on the Web site and claimed to be worth as much as $10 million, according to a New York Post report.

The 26-year-old victim claimed that he threw her face down on the bed, placed his hand on her back, and raped her, the newspaper reported.

Vohra’s attorney compared the situation to that of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced French politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund who was accused of rape by his maid in 2011. The criminal case against Strauss-Kahn was dismissed, and he has since filed a lawsuit against his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo.

In Vohra’s case, attorney Mike Saint-Pre told the court: “What we have here is a case of extortion. Even as the woman was leaving the apartment, she was attempting to extort money from Vohra.”

Vohra was ordered held on $10,000 bail on Friday, the newspaper reported.

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