Charges against four California dentists accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman at a Las Vegas resort have been dropped after a video contradicted the woman’s claims.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Clark County prosecutors told a justice of the peace at a court hearing Monday that the charges were being dismissed.
The men were arrested in late July after the woman told security at the Wynn Las Vegas resort that she was sexually assaulted in a suite while intoxicated.
Lawyers for Ali Badkoobehi of San Diego and brothers Sina Edalat, Poria Edalat and Saman Edalat said the allegations were fabricated and predicted in August that the case would be dropped once prosecutors reviewed cellphone video evidence.
It’s not clear what exactly the video footage revealed.
The charges against the dentists included sex assault, conspiracy to commit sex assault and first-degree kidnapping, KSNV in Las Vegas reported.
The dentists were already free on their own recognizance and none of them attended Monday's hearing.
"After a review of the facts of the case, it was clear that the allegations were completely fabricated," lawyer Robert Draskovich, who represented Badkoobehi, said in a statement, according to KSNV.
The men said in a statement: "At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that women should be respected and heard and believed. But as this case shows, it is also important to keep a critical eye on those willing to use the [#MeToo] movement for their own selfish motives and remember that innocent until proven guilty is one of our country's bedrock principles."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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