Max Factor fugitive sentenced to 124 years

The fugitive heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune has been sentenced to 124 years in prison for drugging and raping three women.

The fugitive heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune has been sentenced to 124 years in prison for drugging and raping three women.

Andrew Luster, who vanished on January 3 during a recess in his trial, was also ordered to pay €930,000 in restitution.

The 39-year-old was convicted in absentia last month on 86 counts including rape, sodomy, drug and weapons possession, and poisoning.

Prosecutors in Ventura, California, said Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics tycoon Max Factor, took three women to his beachside home and raped them after giving them the date-rape drug GHB.

He was arrested in July 2000 after a student told police he had drugged and assaulted her.

A search of his home turned up video-tapes of Luster having sex with women who appeared to be either asleep or unconscious.

The defence had argued in court that the women consented to sex.

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