Elderly Millionaire Assaulted Paramedic on Private Jet
The Daily Mail via YellowBrix
June 16, 2011
RENO, NV – An 83-year-old high-end collector, safari hunter and global businessman has been charged with assault for allegedly grabbing the breast of a female paramedic on a private flight.
Robert M. Lee, from Nevada, was on his private plane travelling from Arizona to Rochester when he grabbed and twisted the woman’s breast, causing her injury, when she was helping him to his seat, according to court documents.
He then allegedly replied: ‘I can do whatever I want. This is my airplane.’
When the registered nurse told him he couldn’t touch the medical crew, Lee allegedly repeated he could on his airplane and threatened to do the same thing again.
She told him: ‘Do not do that to me again,’ and he allegedly responded by making a pinching gesture with his fingers and saying: ’That’s what I’m going to do with you.’
He was then said to have told her she should have been wearing a V-neck shirt that could allow him to slide his hand down her top more easily.
If convicted, Lee faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison.
Jeanne Cooney, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, told the Star Tribune: ’While this is only a misdemeanour, it still must be addressed because no one is above the law.
‘We take all crime seriously, particularly crimes with victims. And in this case, the victim was confined to an aircraft for a long period of time and was unable to leave.’
Lee is said to have an extensive collection of vintage cars, firearms, fine art, Fabergé eggs and other items.
The 83-year-old is also an author and conservationist, and his world travels have included African safaris and a scientific expedition into mountainous China in 1980 that led to the ‘rediscovery’ of the Marco Polo sheep, according to Lee’s biography on his high-end publisher’s website.
According to the Star Tribune, he also founded Hunting World Inc., maker of luggage and leather goods for adventurers and frequent travellers. Its outlets stretch from Hawaii to the Far East.