Microsoft program manager accused of raping a janitor at the Redmond campus
A Microsoft program manager (an employee at the time of the incident) is accused of raping a janitor while at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. However, in his defense, Vineet Kumar Srivastava claims the woman actually raped him, even though the evidence points to him as the suspect.
“King County prosecutors contend Vineet Kumar Srivastava raped a cleaning worker after luring her into his office on July 22. Srivastava, 36, is alleged to have told police that the woman forced him to have sex with him. Srivastava was employed by Microsoft at the time. A company spokeswoman said he no longer workers there,” the report states.
It all started when Srivastava saw the woman cleaning offices on the Microsoft campus in Redmond at 11PM at night. Srivastava approached her, insisted that she follow him, and the woman was led to his office believing he needed his office cleaned. Once in the office, according to the court documents, Srivastava pulled down the woman’s blouse and briefly forced the woman to watch pornographic material on his cell phone. As she tried to make her way out of the office, Srivastava unzipped his pants and exposed himself to her, slammed her to the floor, and raped her as she screamed.
Srivastava tossed the used condom in the office trash and took it out of the office himself. The woman notified her immediate supervisor who apparently ignored her allegations. Eventually another supervisor learned about what happened and notified police.
On July 26th, Srivastava was arrested and questioned about the incident. “He said she forced him into his office and lifted her blouse and bra, exposing her breasts and telling him she wanted to have ‘sex’ with him. … He said he was afraid of her,” a police detective investigating the case stated in the court filing. However, the claims were not consistent with the injuries, as Srivastava sustained no bruising on or injuries from the incident. The woman, on the other hand, sustained injuries to her shoulders which she attributed to the incident.
Srivastava was booked into King County Jail and posted $75,000 bond on July 27. Obviously, he is no longer an employee at Microsoft.
Microsoft faced a scandal back in 2011 involving allegations of excessive drinking and sexual harassment between employees. Microsoft fired the employee accused of being the culprit of the incident, only for him to sue the company in return.Further reading: Microsoft