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NYC travel agent says fake journalist flattered her, then sexually assaulted her in stairwell
NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York City travel agent says she was flattered when a debonair journalist approached her in Central Park but the flirtation took a violent turn when he forced her to perform a sex act in her apartment building stairwell.
The woman testified Tuesday in Manhattan state Supreme Court in the trial of Ivory Coast native Hugues Akassy (hyoogz uh-KAH'-see.)
Akassy is accused of committing crimes including assault against five women. Prosecutors say he wooed them by portraying himself as a French-language TV journalist. He has pleaded not guilty.
The travel agent says Akassy approached her in May 2007 and took her to a bar. She says she refused his advances but continued to see him. She says she was attacked that November.