A woman who claims she was drugged and raped by a stranger has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring her alleged attacker to justice after prosecutors refused to bring charges.
Emily Hunt, 38, who has waived her right to anonymity, says she woke up “naked and terrified” in a London hotel in May 2015.
She later learned the man — who she said was sober and fully clothed — had filmed her lying on the bed naked and unconscious.
However, the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.
Mum-of-one Emily, a strategy consultant from Hackney, East London, now plans to bring a privately funded prosecution that could lead to him being jailed.
Her GoFundMe page has so far raised almost £5,000 of her £100,000 target.
Emily wrote in the crowdfunding appeal: “I woke up naked and terrified on a hotel bed next to a man I’d never seen before.
“I suspected that I been drugged, and, as I found out two days later, I had been raped.
“I did everything right after that: the police had me, my rapist and the hotel room immediately. But me and my case fell through every crack there was.
“The CPS have an abysmal record when it comes to rape, and they just can’t be bothered with my case.”
Emily, who is originally from New York, said she had gone out for lunch at about 1pm and cannot recall anything after about 4pm.
She woke up next to a man at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green that evening and called a friend who contacted the police.
It emerged that she had met him in a bar earlier that day.
She told the London Evening Standard: “They found used condoms in the room. The Crown Prosecution Service told me they couldn’t prosecute.
“One reason was that there is CCTV footage of me being very flirty, kissing him.
“But I believe I was drugged. In the CCTV I’m literally falling over so it’s very clear that I’m heavily intoxicated.
“I don’t remember meeting him or any of that. It was impossible for me to have given consent. I was falling over.
“The police wouldn’t take me for a medical exam because I was too intoxicated to give consent for a medical exam.”
She also claimed police suggested she might have made the allegation because she had been unfaithful to her boyfriend — which she strenuously denies.
Emily was engaged to top barrister Sasha Wass QC, who prosecuted entertainer Rolf Harris in 2014.
She has also started a charity to help other women and fund private toxicology tests to detect drugs in hair samples.
The CPS said: “Having looked carefully at all the available evidence, a specialist prosecutor decided there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.
“At the request of the victim, the case was subject to a further review by the head of our rape and sexual offences team, who upheld the original decision.
“We met the victim to explain the decision further and answer any questions she had. While we are of course sympathetic to the complainant, this is not a prosecution we were able to bring to court.”
Last month a businessman was cleared of raping a woman who has “eight out of ten drunk” after binging on wine and brandy.
She told a jury she woke up to find public schoolboy William Paton, 30, having sex with her in a hotel, but jurors failed to reach a verdict and prosecutors said they would not seek a retrial.
Copyright Newsroom24 2017