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Police investigate high-profile NYC lawyer after rape complaint

Sanford A. Rubenstein, at a news conference in September. Credit Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

Sanford A. Rubenstein, at a news conference in September. Credit Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

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Police are investigating an allegation that a New York City lawyer who has been involved in a string of high-profile civil-rights lawsuits against police raped a woman at his Manhattan apartment last week, police said on Monday.

Investigators searched the apartment of Sanford Rubenstein, the lawyer, on Sunday after a 43-year-old woman told police that he raped her, police said. No charges have been filed, and a defense lawyer representing Rubenstein has said no crime was committed.

Rubenstein, 70, and the woman both attended a 60th birthday party for the Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil-rights activist who has worked for years with Rubenstein on misconduct cases against the police department, at the Four Seasons restaurant on Wednesday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, filmmaker Spike Lee and singer Aretha Franklin were among the other guests.

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