The case of the People of the State of New York v. Jason Lee, the Goldman Sachs managing director accused of raping a 20-year-old Irishwoman in East Hampton last summer, is inching, slowly but, according to both sides, surely, toward a trial this summer.
Mr. Lee appeared briefly in the courtroom of State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn yesterday morning as his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., and the prosecutor, Kim Shalvey, conferred with Justice Kahn in her chambers. Mr. Burke said afterward that the process of discovery was almost complete, with some forensic evidence still outstanding. Mr. Lee is scheduled to appear again before Justice Kahn on May 21.
Mr. Lee has maintained both his innocence of the charge and his willingness to go to trial. Ms. Shalvey said last month that barring a plea bargain, there will be a trial.
Mr. Lee was arrested early on the morning of his birthday, after reportedly partying through the night with a friend of his and five students from Ireland who were working here for the summer. The two men met the students at Georgica restaurant in Wainscott, minutes away from Mr. Lee’s rented house on Clover Leaf Lane. His wife was at their home in the city at the time.
Surveillance video from the restaurant might have furthered the investigation, but a camera in a key position was not functioning.
After the bar closed, according to East Hampton Town police, the group rode to the rented house and continued partying in an outdoor hot tub. The alleged attack took place in a bathroom indoors.
Mr. Lee is free on $100,000 bail. Yesterday was his eighth appearance before Justice Kahn since she arraigned him in September.