Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Alleged Victim Testifies in Restaurateur's Trial

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Alleged Victim Testifies in Restaurateur's Trial

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No matter how many times the defense attorney tried to imply it, the alleged victim never wavered.

"You're indicating you never said to him during this time, 'Let's hook up,'" Lee Rothman asked.

"Absolutely not," the woman answered.

"'Hey, follow me home'" Mr. Rothman continued.

"That's disgusting. Absolutely not," she replied. And then to herself - but loud enough to hear - she mumbled, "That's sick."

The 25-year-old who said she was attacked by Pittsburgh restaurateur Adnan Pehlivan in her home on the South Side Slopes last spring got repeatedly frustrated and angry at questions the lawyer asked Thursday while cross-examining her during his client's sexual assault trial in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. She occasionally answered him flippantly and, at one point, strenuously questioned how what he was asking was relevant.

But it was when he asked her specifically about the position of her legs during the sexual assault that she needed to take a break.

"I don't know. I don't know. I don't know," she said, becoming increasingly distraught. "That's the most disgusting question."

Then she began to cry.

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning called for a recess.

It was the second day of trial for Mr. Pehlivan, 47, who owned the now-closed Regent Square restaurant Istanbul Sofra. He is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, burglary, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault and stalking.

Police said he stalked the woman and her two friends after they left Kopy's Bar on the South Side early May 15 and followed them to their apartment. The woman testified Thursday that when they got home, the three friends had a snack in the living room then went to bed about 1 a.m. The alleged victim said she went to her basement bedroom, took off her shorts and got into bed wearing a T-shirt and underwear. …

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