A former professional hockey player and his girlfriend have been accused of drugging a woman and raping a woman after trying to convince her to a have a threesome while they were at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Michael Taylor, 45, and Anne Hardcastle, 27, were arrested at their New York City apartment last week andare accused of sexually assaulting the woman at a hotel in Park City during the January film festival.
The victim says she was given alcohol and drugs by the couple, and then they suggested a threesome. She told police she felt uncomfortable, but before she could leave, everything “went black.” She then woke up in bed with Hardcastle the next morning and later went to the hospital where an examination found scratch marks on her upper body, suction marks on her neck, bruises and bite marks on her arm, a bitten lower lip and acute vaginal pain.
The victim told police she met the couple Taylor on January 25 while they were at a bar during the Sundance Film Festival.
She told police Taylor bought three rounds of tequila for her while she talked with the couple. They then invited her to go to a party, but said they wanted to stop at their hotel room first. While at the hotel room she says she was given more alcohol and Ecstasy.
The victim told police she tried to escape and sent two text messages to friends saying she might need a ride home, but then she blacked out.
The victim told police that on the same day she went to the hospital, Anne Hardcastle sent her a friend request on Instagram and began communicating with her.
The conversation between Hardcastle and the victim over the next few months gave police sufficient incriminating evidence they needed to make an arrest.
In one message Hardcastle told the victim, “You said you liked it rough and so I gave you what you wanted.”
According to police, Hardcastle admitted to molesting and performing oral sex on the victim and licking her breasts. Hardcastle also said Taylor fondled the victim’s breasts and touched her.
Mike Taylor and Anne Hardcastle are currently being held without bail in New York pending their extradition to Utah to face the sexual assault charges there.
The two are being charged with object rape and forcible sodomy, both are first-degree felonies punishable of five years to life in prison. Forcible sexual abuse is a second-degree felony punishable by a prison sentence between one to 15 years in prison.
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