Rape case dropped against USC student after judge hears evidence

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Charges were dismissed against a 20-year-old USC student who was accused of drugging and raping a fellow student in her campus dorm, his defense attorney confirmed today.

“I don’t think you’ll ever see a rape case with clearer evidence of consent,” defense attorney Harland Braun told City News Service of the case against his client, Armann Karim Premjee.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor dismissed a count of rape by use of drugs after hearing evidence at a preliminary hearing last week. A second count of sexual penetration by a foreign object was dropped by Deputy District Attorney Lana Kim partway through the hearing, Braun said.

Kim referred questions on the case to the District Attorney’s Office. A spokeswoman there confirmed Pastor’s decision not to hold Premjee to answer to the charges and said the case would not be refiled.

The 19-year-old alleged victim, also a student, did not testify at the hearing, though a statement she gave to police was played for the court.

A video of her with Premjee outside of Banditos, a popular bar and restaurant, showed her making a sexual gesture to a friend that Braun said made clear she planned to have sex with his client.

She made a circle with her thumb and forefinger and then poked another finger through the circle twice, Braun said.

“There was evidence of consent and there was no evidence that she withdrew consent,” Braun said, who said the sequence of events took place in less than an hour.

“He didn’t do anything wrong,” Braun said, adding that his client “was very reluctant” and suggested to the woman that there was no rush to get physical.

An Uber driver supported the defense, testifying that the woman was “jumping all over” Premjee in the car’s back seat, according to Braun.

The couple went to Premjee’s fraternity house first, but Braun said members there asked them to leave because the woman had been drinking. Then the two went to her dorm, where the alleged victim checked Premjee in.

Prosecutors had said an attack took place around 1 a.m. April 1 and was interrupted by the woman’s roommate, who confronted Premjee when he came out of a bathroom, prompting him to leave.

It was reported immediately to the USC Department of Public Safety, which turned the case over to the Los Angeles Police Department.


The alleged victim told police she couldn’t recall anything after leaving Banditos, according to Braun.

Premjee — who came from Mumbai to attend USC — was arrested April 11 and released on bond later the same day.

Braun said his client plans to return to classes in the fall.

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