Perfume heir must pay $20m to rape victim

Convicted rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster was ordered to pay more than $20m (€17m) dollars in damages to a woman he drugged and sexually assaulted three years ago.

Convicted rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster was ordered to pay more than $20m (€17m) dollars in damages to a woman he drugged and sexually assaulted three years ago.

The plaintiff, listed only as “Tonja Doe”, was one of three women who accused Luster of knocking them out with the date-rape drug GHB and sexually assaulting them at his beach house north west of Los Angeles.

The woman lived with Luster for about four months in 2000, according to the civil suit.

California Superior Court Judge Barbara Lane yesterday ordered Luster to pay the woman at total of $20,529,774 (€17,551,717) to the woman. The award included $10m (€8.5m) for pain and suffering.

Luster, 39, the great-grandson of the cosmetics legend, was convicted earlier this year of raping the women in a criminal case. During that trial, he fled to Mexico and was convicted in absentia. He was sentenced to 124 years imprisonment and was later caught by a bounty hunter and returned to the US.

He is serving his term in Soledad prison in Monterey, California.

Luster’s lawyers have appealed that case to the US Supreme Court.

Luster’s lawyer, Harold Greenberg, said he had not seen the judgment but said his client would likely appeal.

He called the judgment meaningless because he said Luster had spent most of his money on lawyers.

“He wasn’t married and was living the lifestyle he wanted, the beach, the surf, the boat and making the club scene,” Mr Greenberg said. “He was worth a couple million but never as much as people said.”

Another woman, identified as Lynda or Shana “Doe”, won a $19m (€16m) judgment earlier this year against Luster. Her lawyer, Barry Novack, said she was in the process of trying to collect the money.

“At the time that he was arrested, he had certain estates. He had real property, as well as cash bonds, and one of our tasks is to find out and trace what he did with those funds,” Mr Novack said.

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