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A New York woman claims her brother turned her into a sex slave and raped her for 45 years.


Alina Prikhodko

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A Jordanian immigrant who moved to New York as a teenager claims she was repeatedly raped by her brother and was his “sex slave” for decades. According to New York Post, the woman filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court.

Eman Soudani, 63, claims her former restaurateur brother Mut'z Soudani, 72, horribly abused her, isolated her, denied her educational opportunities and subjected her to “economic slavery.”

Mut'z "forcibly took plaintiff's virginity in 1977, when she was 17 years old, just months after she first came to the United States from Jordan." He impregnated her in 1989, after which she had an abortion. “He continued to treat her as a sex slave for decades until October 2022, when the woman finally broke free from Soudani’s control,” court documents state.

However, the defendant claims that his accuser is nothing more than a liar. The defendant's lawyer referred to news of the recent criminal indictment of Emani's son for defrauding the defendant of more than $1,6 million as part of a cryptocurrency scheme.

“Eman Soudani's civil complaint is an absolute lie and a complete fabrication,” insists the defendant's lawyer, Michael Burke. “He categorically denies all allegations.”

Long years of slavery

Emani, along with attorney Arthur Middlemiss, filed a lawsuit last month under the Adult Survivors Act, a law that allows victims of sexual harassment or abuse to sue their abusers even if the statute of limitations has passed.

In her lawsuit, she alleges that her brother treated her like a bonded servant and controlled every aspect of her life for 45 years, subjecting her to sexual abuse. At the age of 17, she became a caregiver for her brother's three sons - and that's when her brother forced her to have sex with him against her will, the complaint says.

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Mote's first wife, Helen, was brutally murdered in September 1977. She was found dead near the closed Aegean Grotto restaurant. The murder was never solved. Her brother later married Elizabeth Rutkay, a woman who was about 10 years older than him and worked in his restaurant. Her heart condition worsened and she eventually died.

As a result, her brother arranged her marriage with the Egyptian Mohammed Elkarim. They had a son, later divorced, and she moved back to her brother's house. “Soudani carried out his sexual assaults on complainant using coercion, undue influence, overt threats, coercion, physical force and intimidation,” the lawsuit states.

Fear for my son's life and a brave step

Mut'z also “threatened and used physical violence” against Eman and her son Martin. Eman also said her brother “repeatedly” threatened to kill her son and pulled a gun on them on more than one occasion. The woman said she felt trapped because she and Martin feared for their lives.

After she fled to Colorado in 2022, Soudani accused her of stealing more than $300 in cash from him, and she was charged with grand theft in March of this year. But the Orange County District Attorney's Office reduced the charge to a misdemeanor, and the case was later dismissed in Goshen Criminal Court.

Mote's lawyer, Burke, said both Eman and her son Martin fled to Colorado once Mote's "suspected her son of fraud."

Martin Soudani, 34, was arraigned in Orange County on grand theft and money laundering charges earlier this year for allegedly stealing $1,62 million. Martin is expected to be sentenced in the case in early 2024, according to court documents.

In the lawsuit, Eman seeks at least $75 in damages from his brother for sexual assault and unjust enrichment, and related counts. “I am grateful for the support of everyone who helped me escape unspeakable, endless violence. By taking this step, I encourage those who have experienced similar experiences to be brave and speak up,” said Eman Soudani.

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