An Australian man has been acquitted of rape, after a jury agreed with the defense's contention that the alleged victim's tight, skinny jeans could not have been removed without her help.
23-year-old Nicholas Gonzales met the woman in a bar in Sydney, and went back to his place to listen to some music. When they went to his bedroom so Gonzales could play the drums, the woman said he pushed her onto his bed, and jumped on top of her.
"I struggled to try to get up for a while and then he undid my jeans and he pulled them off," then raped her, the 24-year-old woman testified. Gonzales said the sex was consensual.
The woman admits she was wearing size-6 skinny jeans, but she said she had no problem getting in and out of them.
But under cross-examination, defense attorney Paul Hogan said, 'I'm suggesting it's difficult for skinny jeans to be taken off by someone else unless the wearer's assisting, collaborating, consenting."
To which she replied, "I would disagree."
Well, the jury apparently did agree. The jeans were evidently at the top of the minds of the jurors. At one point they sent out a note to the judge, asking for more information about "how exactly Nick took off her jeans."
A note from another juror added, "I doubt those kind of jeans can be removed without any sort of collaboration."
The verdict outraged women's rights groups in Australia. Veronica Wensing, chairwoman of the National Association of Services Against Sexual Assault, told the Sydney Morning Herald that a woman's outfit should not be an issue in alleged rapes. "Any piece of clothing can be removed with force," she said.
This is the third rape case recently that involved an alleged victim's tight jeans. In South Korea, a court overturned a seven-year sentence of a man convicted of raping a woman wearing skinny jeans.
But an Italian court upheld a rape conviction, ruling that "jeans cannot be compared to any type of chastity belt."