New York gym owner on trial for sexual abuse of two clients & # 39; is so handsome that he doesn't have to force women to & # 39 ;, the lawyer claims
- Ray Wallace, the owner of FIT RxN on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is on trial for sexually abusing two customers in 2017
- Wallace, 40, is accused of improperly touching a 16-year-old girl during personal training at the exclusive gym
- He is further accused of grabbing a 30-year-old from both sides of her hips and hitting his groin against his buttocks & # 39;
- Wallace's lawyer has now offered an unusual defense to the court, claiming that the gym owner & # 39; handsome & # 39; and does not have to be forced to force customers
The attorney of a New York gym owner who is on trial for sexual abuse of two clients has given an unusual reason why the accused cannot possibly be guilty.
In his opening statement in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, attorney Joseph Murray claimed that Ray Wallace, 40, looked so good that he would never have to force women.
& # 39; He's in great shape, he's a handsome guy, he doesn't have to bully people, & # 39; Murray said about Wallace.
& # 39; You will hear from the witnesses that they beat him. & # 39;
Ray Wallace, the owner of FIT RxN on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, is currently being tried for sexual abuse of two customers in 2017
Wallace, who led the chic FIT RxN gym on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is facing a prison sentence after being accused of improperly touching two women who signed up at the fitness center.
The first alleged victim was 16 years old when she was allegedly touched by Wallace during a personal training in August 2017.
District attorneys claim that Wallace & # 39; grabbed the teen's ponytail, rubbed her back and rubbed her chest & # 39; while lying in the child's position, the New York Post reports.
The second alleged victim, 30 years old, also claims that she was mistakenly touched during the posture of a child during a training session in October 2017.
Wallace's lawyer says that the fitness guru & # 39; handsome & # 39; and & # 39; in excellent condition & # 39; is and therefore not & # 39; perverse to people & # 39; need to be
During a personal training, Wallace is said to have improperly touched a 16-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman
The chic gym is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but is currently closed because Wallace is on trial
Wallace is said to have caught both sides of her hips and hit his groin against her buttocks, under the guise of helping to stretch her. & # 39;
The woman would have trained with Wallace in the gym at four different times.
Allegedly she left a review with a star at the gym on Yelp after she was worried about her trainer's actions.
& # 39; The assessments and workouts were efficient. Then things did a turn, with [Wallce] making comments such as: & # 39; Your ass is great. I'm going to surprise you. Ray's booty.
& # 39; Then it escalated to grabbing, wriggling, smacking. If you want to remind me to activate my gluteal muscles during a movement, use words & # 39 ;.
The gym – which Wallace co-owns his wife – is currently closed and the trial continues.
Wallace was a popular instructor and personal trainer at the fancy gym, which he co-owns with his wife
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