Rape charges are dropped in Las Vegas against four California dentists, three of whom are brothers, after cellphone video showed woman’s accusations were ‘completely fabricated’
Ali Badkoobehi, 30, Saman Edalat, 39, Sina Edalat, 34, and Poria Edalat, 30, were arrested for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in July
Those charges have been dropped after cellphone video was presented to the DA that showed the accusations were ‘completely fabricated’
‘We are so grateful to the justice system for recognizing that we were the victims in this case,’ the three Edalat brothers said in a statement
Victim had claimed she met Badkoobehi in a nightclub who invited her back to his Wynn Las Vegas hotel suite to carry on drinking, but when she they got there he pinned her down, and his three friends – the Edalat brothers – came out and took turns raping her
‘[The victim] then begged for them to stop, asking to leave,’ police report said
The men all denied the claims and now all charges have been dropped
Attorney for Ali Badkoobeh insists his client had consensual sex with the woman while a lawyer for Saman Edalat denied his client had any sexual contact with her
Siblings Saman Edalat [left] and Sina Edalat [right], along with another brother and a friend, all dentists, have been exonerated after a woman who accused the foursome of rape, turned out to be a fraud
Ali Badkoobehi, 30, Saman Edalat, 39, Sina Edalat, 34, and Poria Edalat, 30, were charged with multiple charges of sexual assault and kidnapping following the alleged incident on July 28.
But lawyers for the four dentists insisted the allegations were false. After the cellphone video was presented to the district attorney’s office, prosecutors agreed and dropped the case.
‘After a review of the facts of the case, it was clear the allegations were completely fabricated,’ Robert Draskovich, Badkoobehi’s attorney, said in a statement. ‘The evidence confirmed the men’s innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges.’
Ali Badkoobehi [left], and right is Saman Edalat [right], and two other California dentists, three of whom are brothers, were arrested over accusations they gang raped a woman in a Las Vegas hotel. The victim claims she met Badkoobehi in a nightclub who invited her back to his Wynn Las Vegas hotel suite to carry on drinking, before the four accused men jumped on her and took turns raping her
The dentists, who were free on their own recognizance, did not attend the hearing.
‘We are so grateful to the justice system for recognizing that we were the victims in this case,’ the three Edalat brothers said in a statement.
‘We knew when the facts came out that the vicious allegations would be exposed as lies and our good names would be cleared. We want to thank our families, friends and lawyers for sticking by us through this horrific ordeal.’
They also added a warning about women who were ‘willing to use the (#MeToo) movement for their own selfish motives and remember that innocent until proven guilty is one of our country’s bedrock principles.’
The dentists, including Sina Edalat, Poria Edalat, Ali Badkoobehi, and Saman Edalat, are facing multiple charges including sexual assault and kidnapping over the alleged incident last Saturday
The woman went to the police over the summer, claiming that she had been at a night club when she met Badkoobehi.
Sina Edalat, [left] and Poria Edalat, [right] are the other members of the group of three brothers and their friend, all California based dentists, were arrested over accusations they gang raped a woman. As of the weekend the dentists, were facing multiple charges including sexual assault and kidnapping over the alleged incident on Saturday
She says she agreed to go back to his suite at the Wynn Las Vegas to carry on drinking and as they walked back, she says he was affectionate, hugging and kissing her.
But when she got to his room, she says Badkoobehi pushed her onto a chair and climbed on top of her.
At was at that point, the three other suspects entered the room, according to the police report.
The woman claims they took turns raping her and holding her down as she tried to resist, but said ‘she was too intoxicated and overwhelmed because of how many people were attacking her and she could not fight back.’
She said the assault continued in another room of the suite while a man stood in a doorway.
‘[The victim] then begged for them to stop, asking to leave,’ the police report said.
The woman reported the incident to Wynn Las Vegas security who contacted the police.
The charges have all been disproved.
The four dentists are all licensed in Southern California, according to Dental Board of California records.
Craig Hendricks, attorney for Poria Edalat, said the District Attorney’s office was ‘provided and reviewed exculpatory video evidence that clearly showed extremely different circumstances than what was represented by the alleged victim.’
Draskovich insists Badkoobeh had consensual sex with the woman while a lawyer for Saman Edalat denied his client had any sexual contact with her.
Poria Edalat told police he was in Las Vegas from Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday.
The Edalat brothers appear to come from a family of dentists and have another sibling, not connected to the incident, who works in the profession.
Sina Edalat appears to work for West Coast Dental and Orthodontics in North Hills, California. His biography on the company website described him as being married ‘ to a beautiful wife’ with a baby on the way.
It described the Cal State University graduate as ‘compassionate’ and ‘trustworthy’ and someone who enjoys spending time with family and friends.
The four accused men are all dentists licensed in Southern California, according to Dental Board of California records. In the photo brothers Saman Edalat [second from left], Sina Edalat [second from right] and Poria Edalat [far right].
Poria Edalat also appears to work for West Coast Dental and Orthodontics, although in the West Coast Dental of Monrovia office.
Also Cal State University graduate, his bio says he is ‘very gentle’ and works across all aspects of dentistry.
Both are currently members of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Associations.
Saman Edalat, who appears to be married, has his own practice, named Edalat Dental Group, in Whittier, California. There is very little information on Saman but the reviews on his website are overwhelmingly positive.