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From top: Dr Brooke Magnanti; Journalist Olaf Tyaransen (left); the late sex workers’ rights activist Laura Lee
Yesterday, Scientist and author Dr Brooke Magnanti published a piece on Medium in which she alleges Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyaransen drugged, sexually assaulted and beat the late Dublin-born sex workers’ rights campaigner Laura Lee.
Mr Tyaransen, who denies the allegations and has promised unspecified legal redress, interviewed Ms Lee at a Dublin hotel in October 2014 for Hot Press magazine, where he serves as a staff writer.
Dr Magnanti claims:
After the interview, Laura told me, Olaf had invited himself back to her room for more chat. And it was there he drugged her, beat her, and sexually assaulted her.
Dr Magnanti includes correspondence with Ms Lee in her post (at link below – also contains graphic image) which indicates Ms Lee “gave a statement of evidence” lasting six hours to Gardai at Store Street Station in November 2017.
There was no follow up, Dr Magnanti said, and the investigation ended with Ms Lee’s death on February 9.
Ms Lee, was born in Dublin but lived in Glasgow, Scotland
In October 2017, her campaigning for sex workers rights obtained a judicial review of a new law making it illegal for men to pay for sex in Northern Ireland
Hot Press said yesterday that Mr Tyaransen would be stepping down from the magazine by “mutual agreement” while “he deals with these allegations”.
This evening, Mr Tyaransen sent us the following statement:
“It’s completely untrue. I will be taking legal action. And I’m not letting the bastards grind me down.”
Pic: Rex/Hot Press
Go ahead and try. I and my much maligned but still almost functional First Amendment rights look forward to seeing what you got. https://t.co/3Hxa3imdwp
— Dr Brooke Magnanti (@belledejour_uk) February 24, 2018
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