A California judge has ordered convicted rapist Andrew Luster, the great grandson of cosmetics executive Max Factor, to pay $20.5 million to a woman he drugged and raped seven years ago after meeting her at a bar. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Barbara Lane awarded the damages to a 30-year-old woman identified as Tonja Doe.
Doe, an ex-girlfriend of Luster, 39, was unaware she had been raped until detectives investigating an unrelated assault showed her a videotape of the incident.”The court finds that Tonja Doe’s testimony to be credible and worthy of belief that she never knew of and never consented to Andrew Luster’s sexual relations with her that first night and that she never consented to his videotaping sex acts with her,” Lane wrote.
The Los Angeles Times says that for Doe, the ruling is not so much about money as about having a day in court. “It’s just the whole principle of me telling him he just can’t get away with it.”
Luster’s attorney, Harold Greenberg, said “It’s bad law. My client is not the most popular man in Ventura County. It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon, but this is pure emotion.”
Another judge last summer ordered Luster to pay $19 million to a 23-year-old woman identified as Shawna Doe. Greenberg said his client cannot pay that much. “Everyone calls him the Max Factor heir, but Max Factor died in, like, 1939. How is he an heir?” Greenberg said.