Court denies appeal by Max Factor heir

Fugitive date rapist Andrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, will not be allowed to appeal his conviction.

Fugitive date rapist Andrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, will not be allowed to appeal his conviction.

A California court ruled that the great-grandson of make-up legend Max Factor had forfeited his right to challenge the guilty verdict.

The 39-year-old remains at large after fleeing during his trial in January and was sentenced in absentia to 124 years for multiple counts of rape, poisoning and drug possession.

In April, his lawyer Roger Diamond filed an appeal on behalf of his missing client, claiming Luster never received a fair trial.

Prosecutors asked the appeals court to deny the request, claiming state law gives fugitives no right to challenge their convictions.

Luster took three women to his Ventura home between 1996 and 2000 and raped them after giving them the date rape drug GHB.

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

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

The defence had argued that the women consented to sex.

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