The lady who Larry Ray allegedly compelled into prostitution instructed jurors at his Manhattan federal courtroom trial Friday that she turned over to the accused intercourse cult chief some $2.5 million paid by johns – and detailed the bodily and psychological abuse he allegedly subjected her to for years.
Claudia Drury, who testified underneath her actual identify, briefly addressed the 4 years she labored as a prostitute on the route of Ray whereas being questioned by prosecutor Danielle Sassoon.
The previous Sarah Lawrence School pupil mentioned she labored seven days every week, assembly as much as 5 johns a day at New York Metropolis inns whereas she labored as a prostitute for Ray and his alleged cohort, Isabella Pollok.
Drury additionally detailed the bodily abuse Ray subjected to her.
“He slapped me within the face so exhausting I fell over. Pulled my hair. Strangled me. Suffocated me. Hit me,” she mentioned.
Ray additionally repeatedly threatened her, she testified, at one time suggesting he may have her kidnapped and despatched to the Center East.
“He threatened to place me in jail quite a few instances. He threatened to kill me on a memorable event. He threatened to chop my face. He threatened to have me kidnapped and dropped within the Center East. He threatened to blackmail individuals I knew,” Drury mentioned.
Drury fell underneath Ray’s management after assembly him in 2010 at her dorm room whereas she was a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence School in Westchester County.
Ray moved into the constructing, the place his daughter, Talia, lived after getting out of jail in an unrelated case that fall.
Quickly, he started drawing in a gaggle of his daughter’s buddies, wowing them with fantastical tales of hobnobbing with political leaders and interesting in navy operations in Jap Europe.
In the summertime of 2011, a gaggle of the scholars moved right into a one-bedroom residence the place Ray was staying on the Higher East Facet. There, prosecutors allege, his abuse of the scholars and the extent of management he had over them elevated.
On the residence, Drury mentioned Ray at instances steered conversations towards intercourse, describing instances he had visited intercourse golf equipment and engaged in intercourse acts with others in entrance of a gaggle of individuals.
One evening on the residence, Drury was sleeping on an air mattress in the lounge when Ray walked over, stood above her and fondled himself underneath his pants as he talked about how he may make her orgasm.
He then recommended she and one other Sarah Lawrence pupil who was dwelling on the residence, Dan Levin, have intercourse, Drury testified.
“When he left, we did,” she mentioned.
On one other event, Ray instructed Drury to masturbate on a sofa in the lounge of the residence whereas he was within the room subsequent door.
“He needed me to complete and needed me to be very loud,” she testified.
Ray additionally asserted psychological management over Drury, she testified, and as soon as inspired her to pressure her dad and mom to hospitalize her.
Prosecutors performed a disturbing audio clip of a recorded telephone dialog between Drury and Ray, through which he coaches her to inform her dad and mom that she’s been fantasizing about stabbing her good friend and killing each of them.
“Inform her you need to go to the hospital,” Ray tells Drury on the decision as she speaks to her mom, in response to the recording.