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Former Microsoft worker denies rape of cleaning woman

microsoftrapechargesSEATTLE — The man accused of raping a cleaning woman in his Redmond office at Microsoft in July says he didn’t do it.  Vineet Srivastava, 37, pleaded not guilty in a Seattle courtroom Wednesday.

Prosecutors say he asked the custodian to come into his office, then pulled her shirt down and made sexual comments. Then, according to court documents, he started showing her pornographic images on his phone. The victim refused him verbally and tried to leave the office. That’s when prosecutors say Srivastava shut the door, slammed her to the floor and raped her.

When she told her supervisor, he didn’t believe her and did not report it, but another manager ended up calling police. King County Sheriff’s detectives say there were visible bruises on the woman’s arms consistent with a struggle. She was examined at the hospital the next day and picked Srivastava out of a police lineup.

He claims she was the aggressor and demanded sex with him against his wishes. He has been released on a $75,000 bond.

Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos says the former senior programming manager has been terminated.

4 comments

  • safeworkplace

    Microsoft perpetuates a rape culture – in its workforce and gaming products. 


    Microsoft Xbox employees think rape is funny and use it in their marketing.

    Check out the June 11, 2013 Xbox “rape joke” demo. ABC caught it on camera and posted it on YouTube. 
Rape joke' at expense of girl who was bad at playing video” http://youtu.be/6y4lVtOKdZg

    
“Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety… Rape Culture affects every woman. The rape of one woman is a degradation, terror, and limitation to all women.” http://www.marshall.edu/wpmu/wcenter/sexual-assau… 



    There is NOTHING funny about rape. Microsoft is responsible for the safety of its ENTIRE workforce, from the CEO to the janitor and accountable for the actions of its employees and vendors to ensure a a safe, discrimination free workplace for women. 


    
“We grow coarser when miscreants can attack rape victims publicly and not be held accountable… Abuse has no justifiable place in a humane and healthy workplace.” Source, The Workplace Bullying Institute http://www.workplacebullying.org/2012/08/21/rape-

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