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In Trial Of Tech Exec, Woman He Met On SeekingArrangement.com Details Alleged Beating

I didn't even recognize myself in the mirror," the woman said during her testimony in Manhattan Supreme Court.

By Eric Shorey

She connected with former tech exec Sanjay Tripathy on a website for "sugar daddy dating" — and ended up the victim of a brutal, non-consensual beating, a woman told jurors during his trial this week. Tripathy maintains the violent encounter was completely consensual.

The Norwegian-born, 38-year-old woman testifed that Tripathy trapped her in a room at the W Hotel in Times Square on June 15, 2016, according to The New York Daily News. She said he brutally hit her in the face, giving her disfiguring bruises and scars.

"I had to go to the restroom and I didn't even recognize myself in the mirror," the woman said during her second day of testimony in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Photos of her wounds were shown to the jury.

The two first met for drinks after chatting on SeekingArrangement.com, a site that describes itself as a service in which "beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships." The service matches wealthy older men with younger, attractive women. Tripathy is a married, corporate IT executive with a net worth of $10 million and an annual income of $1 million, prosecutors said during his bail hearing, according to The New York Post. Tripathy promised the woman "a gift" if she came up to his hotel room and she agreed. 

Once in the room, things turned violent, she said.

"He goes on top of me and puts his hands around my neck and he's saying 'You're not leaving,'" the woman testified. "I'm screaming "Yes! I'm going to go home! No! Stop it!'"

The woman said she was forced to undress and Tripathy penetrated her with his fingers without her consent. She attempted to escape and was physically beaten when caught, she testified. 

"You're going to die here tonight," Tripathy said, the woman testified.

"I am terrified and I am realizing I am never going to look the same again ... and there's a moment when I don't even see a chance to get out of there alive," she said.

She was ultimately able to escape by fabricating a story about returning home to her child, she testified.

Tripathy has said the ordeal was entirely consensual, pre-arranged in exchange for money, and that he informed the woman that he was interested in "light BDSM," according to The New York Daily News.

However, the woman told police the two had never discussed BDSM before that night, The New York Post reported.

Tripathy was charged with a criminal sex act, strangulation, assault and unlawful imprisonment. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, according to The New York Post.

[Photo: Screenshot via Seekingarangement.com]