Keyboardist For Beach Boys' Brian Wilson Guilty Of Rape

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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A keyboardist who has worked with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson was convicted of rape in Oklahoma on April 29.

Scott Montgomery Bennett, 51, who performed with Brian Wilson's band at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in December 2014, was found guilty of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery of a 21-year-old woman by a Claremore court, Tulsa World reports.

The sexual assault occurred the evening Bennett played with Brian Wilson’s band at the hotel, according to KJKK.

It was caught on surveillance video.

In the video, a woman is reportedly seen in an elevator around 1 a.m. Dec. 5, 2014, before a man enters. The woman is then prevented from leaving the elevator by the man, who takes her up to the 12th floor, according to the probable cause affidavit obtained by Tulsa World.

The man and woman are seen in the video exiting on the 12th floor, where the man leads the woman down the hallway. At one point, he reportedly tries to carry her. The two then lie down on the hallway floor. The man pulls down the woman’s pants, and reportedly assaults her sexually.

“It is clear from watching the video that the victim is [extremely] intoxicated and is unaware of her surroundings,” a Catoosa police officer wrote in the affidavit. “The subject however appears to be in complete control of his faculties.”

During an interview with police the next morning, the woman said she did not remember what had happened, including meeting Bennett.

Bennett told police he touched the woman in the vaginal area with his hand and mouth and that he had taken her to his room, but denied the two were involved in any sexual activity there.

The video does show the two enter Bennett’s room, and exit roughly 35 minutes later.

The man is also seen on video leaving the woman in a hallway on the seventh floor.

“Like a sack of trash,” prosecuting attorney Edith Singer said.

Bennett’s DNA was found on the woman during an exam, and her underwear was in his room.

The jury has recommended a two-year sentence for the sexual battery charge and three-year sentence for rape by instrumentation.

Bennett claims he is innocent of sexual assault, and will file for a retrial and appeal both verdicts.

“It’s a tragedy all the way around,” his attorney, Shannon McMurray, said. “Two drunk people running into each other — now one person’s a convicted sex offender.”

Sources: Tulsa World, KJKK / Photo credit: The Oklahoman

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