A top entertainment lawyer allegedly raped a rising reality TV star – taking her virginity – after swamping her with cocaine in her Tribeca apartment, according to a shocking new lawsuit.
Jaime Gleicher, who burst onto the reality TV scene as the star of MTV’s ‘Rich Girls’ in 2003, sued attorney Roger Haber in Manhattan federal court this week, claiming that he sexually assaulted after hinting it could help her career in 2004.
Gleicher, 37, is suing under the Adult Survivors Act, which opened a one-year window for sexual assault accusers to prosecute their alleged abusers, regardless of the duration of the alleged abuse.
Gleicher claims she was only 19 when she first met Haber in downtown Butter, and she knew he had represented some of her friends in the entertainment industry.
Haber – who replaced James Galdolfini and Fred Gwynne, as well as former Miss America Cara Mund – invited Gleicher and his friends to his apartment, where he offered them cocaine, Gleicher claims in court filings.
Gleicher felt pressure to take drugs “in large part because she perceived that Mr. Haber could exert enormous influence on her career,” the lawsuit alleges.
Gleicher’s friends left, leaving her alone with Haber, who then pressured her into kissing him and removing her shirt, according to court documents. But she became embarrassed and asked the lawyer for a blanket to cover herself.
Gleicher claims she “explicitly” told Haber she wasn’t going to have sex with him and accompanied the lawyer to the bedroom to get a blanket, where she again repeated that she wasn’t. wouldn’t have sex.
“At the time, Ms. Gleicher had never had sexual intercourse,” the lawsuit states. “As discussed on national television in ‘Rich Girls,’ in an episode about Mrs. Gleicher’s prom, Mrs. Gleicher was waiting to have sex for the first time with someone she was in a serious romantic relationship with. .”
Thinking Haber understood her ultimatum, Gleicher went to bed, but woke up with Haber on top of her and raped her, according to the lawsuit.
Gleicher said she begged Haber to stop and was finally able to get away from him, running to a nearby bathroom and locking herself inside.
She then attempted to leave the apartment, but Haber allegedly blocked her exit, telling her “you can’t leave until you finish me off” before sexually assaulting her again, according to the lawsuit.
After returning home, Gleicher went with her mother to West Mount Sinai, where she was examined, had DNA evidence taken, and spoke to a psychiatrist about the alleged rape.
She declined to report the incident to police at the time. “Ultimately, Ms. Gleicher chose not to engage law enforcement. … She was terrified that she would be forever identified and shamed as a rape victim and her writing career would be ruined as a result,” the lawsuit states.
Gleicher then ignored a call from Haber in which he claimed he wanted to “check in” and she hasn’t seen him since, according to the lawsuit.
“She also understood that Mr. Haber wielded significant influence in the entertainment industry that she hoped to enter and therefore chose the path of silence for many years,” the suit added.
The assault left her traumatized, and Gleicher struggled with substance abuse and eating disorders, and underwent several rehabilitation programs, according to her lawsuit. She now works as a social worker and therapist in New York.
Haber, who boasts of being a father of five on Twitter, runs Artists Financial Management, a company that advises students, performers and other creative professionals in West Hollywood.
“Mr. Haber categorically denies the baseless allegations in the complaint and looks forward to the actual facts being revealed in the litigation,” said Carrie Cohen, Haber’s attorney.
New York Post