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Famed lawyer Sandy Rubenstein won’t face rape charges stemming from claims after Rev. Al Sharpton’s birthday party

Manhattan prosecutors have decided not to pursue rape charges against famed lawyer Sanford Rubenstein.

After an exhaustive investigation that included interviews of 48 people including Rubenstein and the accuser, prosecutors announced Monday afternoon that they concluded there was no case.

“Given the available evidence, the degree of the complainant’s recollection of what occurred at the suspect’s apartment, and the results of toxicological testing, neither the provable facts nor the applicable law support a prosecution in this matter,” Manhattan District Attorney spokeswoman Joan Vollero said in a statement.

Rubenstein said he was “very pleased” with the decision — and excited to get back to work.

“I maintained from the very beginning that I did not violate the law. I am pleased that the system worked and that I have now been fully cleared,” he said in a statement.

“I look forward to many more years of practicing law and representing victims.”

But Rubenstein’s legal problems aren’t over: lawyers for his accuser immediately filed a civil suit against him in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

The suit says the woman was the subject of a “violent, perverted and cruel attack by Defendant Sanford Rubenstein” while she was “unconscious and thus unable to give consent.”

He “willfully and intentionally degraded, humiliated and violated her,” the lawsuit claims.

he long-awaited DA’s decision came three months after the headline-making allegations against Rubenstein were first alleged.

Rubenstein, 70, was accused of raping a top official in the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network following a 60th birthday party for the longtime activist.



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