The man arrested for raping a Russian tourist in Riverside Park is a French-born TV reporter charged with terrorizing women on the Upper West Side for at least a year and a half, authorities said yesterday, according to the New York Post.
Hugues-Denver Akassy allegedly struck three times since March 2009, tormenting his victims on the street, via e-mail, and even climbing a fire escape to one woman’s apartment.
His reign of terror came to a terrifying end Tuesday night when he was busted for allegedly raping the tourist — by far his most serious charge — after arranging to meet her in the park for a “picnic.”
Akassy is being held on $100,000 bail.
His Web site claims he’s a Paris-raised, award-winning journalist for Orbite TV, a French cable show that did profiles of everyone from Kofi Annan and Bill Clinton, to Angelina Jolie, Bono and Andre Agassi.
Aside from the rape charge, Akassy faces a litany of aggravated-harassment and criminal-trespass counts for alleged prior misdeeds, including one that occurred the same day he met the Russian tourist.
A charge of aggravated harassment in March 2009 when he chased a 33-year-old woman on an Upper West Side street and yelled at her after she spurned his advances.
New York Post - July 31, 2010 - By Jamie Schram and Laura Italiano