The US Attorney’s Office on Tuesday accidentally published a list of alleged clients of the student prostitute in the Sarah Lawrence ‘sex cult’ case
The list, evidence in the trial currently being conducted under seal, includes names of lawyers and businessmen and socialites, including couples, throughout New York’s Tri-state area.
The sealed list of 121 names up for instant, was taken down nearly as fast as it was published
The Justice Dept later sent out an email admitting the file was shared in error, adding: ‘Please do not reproduce, share, or use this exhibit in any way’
Alleged cult victim Claudia Drury, 31, took the stand Friday and Monday to tell jurors how she was forced into prostitution by ex NY influence broker and fraudster, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Ray, 62
Ray is charged with sex-trafficking, extortion, money laundering, violent crime in aid of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and forced labor
The ex-convict who was arrested in 2020, is accused of running a sex cult out of his daughter Talia’s dorm at Sarah Lawrence College
Drury was roommates with Ray’s daughter Talia when the ex-con moved in with the students in their shared student accomodation
Ray ultimately creating a prostitution ring, allegedly, that he controlled with Talia and his teen student live in, Isabella Pollok
A government snafu may have set New York’s business circles abuzz after a DOJ debacle Tuesday. The Justice Department allegedly, ‘inadvertently’, albeit briefly, published online a list of alleged clients of the student prostitute in the Sarah Lawrence ‘sex cult’ case..
The list, which was entered into evidence in the trial currently being conducted under seal, includes names of lawyers and businessmen and socialites, including couples, throughout New York’s Tri-state area.
The list of 121 names which was taken down nearly as fast as it was put up.
A top executive at The Gap clothing firm and her husband was one of two married couples included.
A former New York State Supreme Court judge is also named.
Another alleged client is a painter who has studios in Manhattan’s East Village and in Italy. A third allegedly is an architect, famous for designing college and university buildings.
Other names found on the hit parade allegedly, include a hedge fund manager who has donated millions to charity and has his name on a museum building in New York, a Washington DC, lobbyist who has worked for a foreign resistance movement and an international diamond dealer.
Speculation is that the evidence also included is an executive at the Metropolitan Transit Authority, an account executive at Amazon and a veteran travel writer.
The Justice Department admitted it ‘inadvertently’ published a list of alleged clients of Claudia Drury, a Sarah Lawrence ‘sex cult victim’ who claims she was forced into prostitution.
The list was to be used in the federal case against 62-year-old Lawrence ‘Larry, Ray, who is on trial in New York, charged with operating a sex cult out of his daughter, Talia Ray’s dorm room at New York’sSarah Lawrence College.
It is said to have been compiled by former Sarah Lawrence student Claudia Drury, 31, who has been on the stand giving evidence against Ray, whom she claims coerced her into a life of prostitution.
But somehow the government posted the ‘sealed’ document online and then immediately scrambled to stop the information getting out. ‘Per order of the Court, government exhibit #3217 (GX 3217) was admitted under seal,’ a spokesman for the Department of Justice wrote in an email soon after the document was taken offline.
‘This file was inadvertently loaded to the U.S. v. Ray file share. Please do not reproduce, share, or use this exhibit in any way, if you have downloaded this file, please delete it.’
But the department’s plea is unlikely to be successful as the document has already been posted on Twitter.
The list is included in an email said to be from Drury to the Department.
The 31-year-old witness for the prosecution has claimed she was forced into prostitution by by a man double her age, alleged sex cult leader Larry Ray, 62.
‘This is not an exhaustive list but it includes all my main clients/regulars and many others,’ she wrote.
Drury began her testimony Friday, telling jurors at Manhattan Federal Court how Ray’s campaign of charisma resulted in her being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility and ultimately led her into a life of prostitution.
She described how she went from a naïve student to soliciting sex, ultimately handing over $2.5million in earnings to Ray, his daughter Talia and his ‘lieutenant’ and co-accused Isabella Pollok.
Drury admitted that she had always been very uncomfortable and lacked confidence about her body and couldn’t believe that anybody would find her attractive.
She credited this insecurity along with Ray’s coercion with her decision to have sexual encounters with ‘Sam’, a married man from whom Ray bought power tools.
Earlier in the trial jurors were also shown texts between Drury and Pollok and Pollok and Talia apparently discussing Drury’s prostitution, her clients, payment and transfers of cash into Pollok’s bank account.
In the texts read aloud, Drury listed meetings and sums of money she expected in payment.
One states: ‘I’m seeing Joe, the $3,500 guy at 3:30pm. I believe that will be another $8k though maybe less.’
Sums of money ranging from a few hundred to more than $17,000 in cash and bank accounts were discussed.
In a follow up text exchange between Pollok and Talia allegedly regarding the transfer of money earned by Drury through prostitution, Talia reassures Pollok: ‘We got the moollah.’
The allegations levelled against him in the latest case are chronicled in The Cut, an article by New York magazine’s that was published in 2019.
Ray had ingratiated himself with his daughter Talia’s friends at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, including Santos Rosario Daniel Levin, Felicia Rosario and Isabella Pollok. Before long he moved in with the coeds in the share off-campus home.
Ray Lawrence Ray, ‘Larry’ Ray, is a well-known New York scammer who has strong ties to disgraced former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik.
His checkered past includes a jail stint for his role in a securities fraud scam. He’s worked on Wall Street, owned nightclubs, been an FBI informant and inserted himself into powerful networks by brokering meetings, some among global players.
Released from prison in 2010 following a six month incarceration for breaching the terms of his custody agreement with his ex-wife, he moved in to his daughter Talia’s college apartment while she was studying at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.
Over the next four years, he drove her and her friends apart by manipulating them into disturbing alleged scenarios which include multiple suicide attempts, lawsuits, sex in front of him and self-harming.
On Monday, the court was shown emails in which Drury praised Ray’s selflessness and the supposed psychological ‘help’ he was providing to her and college friends including Santos Rosario, Dan Levin, Felicia Rosario and Ray’s co-accused and alleged ‘lieutenant’ Isabella Pollok.
At the time, she referred to Ray, 62, as, ‘the hero of the story.’
Ray was introduced to the group by his daughter Talia who was also a student at the elite liberal arts college in Bronxville, just north of Manhattan.
Taking the stand for a second day on Monday, Drury continued her account of the alleged gas-lighting, physical and sexual abuse that she claims she suffered at Ray’s hands.
On one occasion, she recalled, Ray showed her a photograph of friend and fellow student Levin.
She explained: ‘[Ray] told me that he was having a confrontation or conversation with Dan about Dan’s sexuality and that in the course of this Isabella was folding laundry and Dan kept eyeing a dress.
‘Larry asked Dan, “Do you want to wear the dress?” He told me Dan really did and so he made Dan put on the dress and go down to get mail wearing the dress.’
On his return to the Upper East Side apartment in which the students and Ray were, for the most part, living, Drury said the confrontation ‘escalated.’
‘From there it escalated to Larry telling Isabella to go get her bag of sex toys and dildos and to get the biggest one, and he [Ray] showed me a picture of Dan trying to fit it in his mouth,’ she added.
‘This was all framed as something Dan wanted – that was helpful and clarifying for Dan.’
But according to Drury, Levin’s face was ‘contorted’ in the photograph in which he was looking directly at the camera.
She said: ‘He looks panicked and questioning and scared. It’s not a look I’ve actually ever seen on anyone’s face again.’
During another incident recalled by Drury in court, Ray made a ‘noose’ out of tinfoil and had Levin place it round his testicles while he interrogated him – tightening the noose whenever he deemed the younger man to be ‘playing with the truth.’
She went on to tell the court how the campaign of control escalated during the summer of 2013, when she and several others travelled to Pinehurst, North Carolina, to help with yardwork at Ray’s stepfather’s property.
At this point, she said, Ray was controlling what students ate – forbidding carbohydrates – and forcing them to work sometimes until three or four in the morning to re-do mistakes that he found in their work.
‘Someone went out and got hamburgers and fries and milkshakes. [Ray] said, “This is your last meal, Felicia. You can have carbs; you can have whatever you want,”‘ she told the court.
Earlier in the trial, prosecutors said Ray held sway over the college students, forcing some of them into prostitution and making others wear diapers as punishment.
Assistant US Attorney Lindsey Keenan began her opening statement last week with a description of a gruesome October 2018 alleged attack.
Keenan said Ray and his ‘trusted lieutenant’ found the victim they had ‘forced into a life of prostitution’ at a hotel, where Ray tortured her for hours to make sure she’d continue her sex work.
The prosecutor said Ray used ‘violence, fear, sex and manipulation’ to gain sex, power and money.
Ray’s lawyer told the jury that Ray committed no federal crimes as he encircled himself with college-age ‘storytellers’ who claimed to have poisoned him and arranged to have him physically attacked.
‘You’ll see that Larry Ray is not guilty,’ attorney Allegra Glashausser said.
The testimony includes details of Ray’s alleged campaign of control which escalated during the summer of 2013, when Drury and several others travelled to Pinehurst, North Carolina, to help with yardwork at his stepfather’s property.
Ray, who once served as the best man at a wedding of disgraced former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, has been incarcerated since his 2020 arrest.
Previously Ray was sentenced to five years probation for his role in a securities fraud scam.