LA District Attorney’s Office drops case against USC student charged with rape


The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue its case against rising USC junior Armaan Premjee, who was arrested on campus on charges of sexual assault last April.

Judge Michael Pastor ruled in a preliminary hearing last Wednesday that Premjee would not be “held to answer” for the charges — a legal term that indicates there is not enough evidence to move the case forward to trial.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office also stated on Monday that it will not refile charges against Premjee, though the DA’s office officially has until Aug. 10 to refile.

“There is no indication of any withdrawal of consent,” Pastor wrote in his ruling. “There is a very strong indication that the alleged victim in this case was the initiator of any conduct between the defendant and the alleged victim.”

Pastor also stated that testimony from the alleged victim’s roommates on its own did not provide sufficient evidence for the case to proceed.

“I’m feeling very relieved,” Premjee said. “I never feared that [I would go to prison] because I knew deep down inside that I was innocent.”

Premjee also claimed that the woman involved in the situation had been the initiator and that he had been the one to give consent to sexual intercourse.

Los Angeles Police Department officers arrested Premjee on April 11 for allegedly sexually assaulting another student in Fluor Tower on April 1. Premjee, at the time a sophomore majoring in business administration, was released on $100,000 bail and pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included one count of rape by use of drugs and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object. The alleged victim was never publicly identified.

Premjee’s attorney Harland Braun said the case was dropped after new video evidence surfaced showing Premjee and the alleged victim standing outside Banditos Tacos & Tequila, a bar a few miles from campus. At that time, the alleged victim made hand gestures to her friend that Braun said indicated she intended to have sex with Premjee.

“In this case the judge had no evidence other than the girl consented, and the evidence of her consent is a security camera of her signaling to her girlfriend with a sign showing intercourse,” Braun said. “It’s hard to [find] any better evidence that shows consent than that.”

University officials confirmed that Premjee is enrolled at USC this upcoming fall.

“I’m not nervous at all [to go back],” Premjee said. “I feel confident and am ready to go back to USC.”

Deputy District Attorney Lisa Kim declined to comment on the reasons the DA’s office has decided not to refile the case.

While the criminal court case has been closed, Braun and Premjee said that there is still an ongoing investigation with the University’s Title IX office. USC would not confirm whether such an investigation is taking place.

“Information pertaining to student disciplinary records and proceedings or any matter of student conduct are confidential and protected by federal privacy laws,” the University said in a statement.

 

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this post has been updated to reflect new information obtained through Judge Michael Pastor’s ruling.

  • Kisse Ellis

    crazy bitch !

  • Bob D

    Wonderful. So the campus kangaroo court can still expel this guy? What about the woman? What do they do to her? Give her a gold medal?

  • The_D_Man

    why is his identity made public (even before the court’s decision), while her identity is kept a secret. What kind of backward society is this? We demand the release of this woman’s face and name.

    How many innocent men are rotting in jail right now, forgotten by society? This guy should be thanking God for the video footage. Unfortunately, most other men can’t say the same.

  • Eric Boesch

    “If she consented and claims she doesn’t remember doing it, then that proves she lied” is the exact same broken logic as “If she honestly doesn’t remember consenting, then that proves she did not consent.”

    A blackout is a loss of memory. That’s all. It does not prove that the person was unconscious or recognizably incapacitated for all or even any part of the period of missing memories. If you want details about what is physiologically plausible, talk to a knowledgeable doctor (which I’m not), not an activist.

  • BlackUnicorn17

    The book needs to thrown at the woman who falsely accused the young man of rape. She could have ruined his life. The law needs to put these criminals away.

    • DetCrippen

      She has ruined his life. His name is out there and when applying for jobs he has to check off “Yes” for “Have you ever been arrested or accused of a crime?”

      • BlackUnicorn17

        True, true. Luckily he is looking at the situation positively.

  • mdsman

    Sue the crap out of the school, the woman and all involved

  • J Richards

    That woman should be charged with the same charges her victim would have received. That will stop these vile women from falsifying these rape reports.

    • Bob

      Won’t happen. I forget the state but a recent article I read about another false accusation was disgusting. The falsely accused man spent 4 years in jail. After she confessed, he was released and she was sentenced to only 2 months in jail…to be served on weekends only. False accusations have become an epidemic because these crazy women know they face no penalties or criminal time for making false rape accusations. It’s time to repeal the Duluth Model because women and men are both morally fallible. Women also commit more than 40% of domestic violence so it’s time to stop treating these issues as gendered.