7:09am PT by Eriq Gardner
Rovier Carrington Rape Suit Falls Apart as Defendants Demand Criminal Investigation
It began with explosive allegations. Now the suit from Rovier Carrington has crumbled, and those he targeted with a salacious story of being repeatedly victimized sexually say they have ample evidence of a fraud on the court. On Monday, Viacom, Brian Graden and the Brad Grey Estate told a New York federal judge to refer the matter to the United States Attorney's Office for criminal investigation.
When Carrington filed his complaint a year ago demanding $100 million in damages over a purported corporate cover-up in connection with an alleged rape by former Paramount CEO Brad Grey and alleged exploitation by former MTV chief Brian Graden, the story he conveyed was both outrageous and bizarre. Putting himself forward as "Hollywood royalty," the supposed great grandson of Moe Howard of Three Stooges fame claimed being tricked into a nondisclosure agreement and blacklisted from the entertainment industry. What caused his case to be treated seriously was a lawyer by his side as well as emails he documented in court that were described as supporting his claims.
But nearly from the get-go, the authenticity of those emails became questioned, and while his attorney initially stood by Carrington's side, that didn't last long. After U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Failla warned Carrington's attorney Kevin Landau about the potential ramifications of submitting fabricated evidence — including referring any fraud to prosecutors at the Southern District of New York — Carrington lost his attorney.
Later, Carrington attempted to withdraw his lawsuit, but the defendants weren't satisfied with a dismissal without prejudice. They requested — and got — the go-ahead to conduct an investigation into Carrington's purported evidence.
A new brief in support of terminating sanctions and attorneys' fees lays out the findings. (Read in full here.)
Graden's attorney Larry Stein took lead on the probe and writes how declarations from non-parties in the case as well as analysis from forensic experts confirms the fabrication of emails. Stein also attacks Carrington's later explanation that his accounts were "hacked" and details discovery collected from Google, Microsoft and GoDaddy, all subject to subpoenas in further efforts to trace the purported origins of communications.
At one point, for instance, Carrington attempted to claim that he sent communications from an iPhone 7 that he no longer had in his possession.
"By making the absurd claims that he used only the iPhone 7 to transmit or receive all At-Issue Communications over a seven year period (spanning from 2010 to 2017), that the iPhone 7 was discarded in June 2018, and that all relevant email communications had been hacked and/or deleted, Plaintiff hoped the inquiry would end," states the brief. "Critically, however, Apple did not even release the iPhone 7 to the consuming public until September 7, 2016."
The evidence put forward by Stein is substantial.
Carrington couldn't be reached for comment. Many of his social media accounts have now been deleted.
He may face the prospect of serious consequences even beyond monetary sanctions.
According to the brief, "In light of the fraudulent and egregious conduct that has been uncovered to date, Defendants submit that a referral to the United States Attorney’s Office for criminal investigation is warranted."