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Mustapha Ouanes Found Guilty in Plaza Hotel Rape Trial

A jury just found Mustapha Ouanes guilty of raping a woman and trying to assault another in his suite at the Plaza Hotel on Jan. 26, 2010, according to the Manhattan District Attorney.

D.A. Cyrus Vance announced the conviction of Oanes this afternoon, saying that the rape was a "crime of opportunity...the defendant had a vulnerable, intoxicated woman in his hotel room and sexually assaulted her."

At the time of the incident, Ouanes was a member of a Saudi Prince's traveling entourage.

During his trial, the New York Times reports, the victims said that they met Ouanes at a bar and eventually returned to his hotel room for breakfast.

The victims "incapacitated from hasish and alcohol," passed out on his bed. One of them woke up, according to the Times, and found Oanes engaging in sex with her.

According to the Times, "She fought to free herself, eventually breaking a glass that she had intended to use as a possible weapon to slice Mr. Ouanes's throat. Her friend, who Mr. David said awoke to find her leggings had been pulled down, called hotel security."

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