A former professional hockey player and his girlfriend have been accused of drugging a woman and raping a woman after trying to convince her to a have a threesome while they were at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Michael Taylor, 45, and Anne Hardcastle, 27, were arrested at their New York City apartment last week by a regional fugitive task force, the New York Daily News reports.
They are accused of sexually assaulting the woman at a hotel in Park City during the January film festival, according to the Daily News.
The woman says she was given alcohol and drugs by the couple, and then they suggested a threesome, the Daily News reports. She told police she felt uncomfortable, but before she could leave, everything “went black.” She woke up in bed with Hardcastle the next morning and later went to the hospital, police say.
Here’s what you need to know:1. The Victim Says She Was Given Ecstasy & Was Left With Bruises, Scratch & Bite Marks on Her Body
The victim told police she met Anne Hardcastle and Mike Taylor on January 25 while they were at a Park City bar during the Sundance Film Festival, according to court documents obtained by the New York Daily News.
She told police Taylor bought three rounds of tequila for her while she chatted with the couple, according to court documents. They then invited her to go to a party, but said they wanted to stop at their hotel room first, she told investigators. The victim went with them, where she says she was given more alcohol, and Ecstasy, before being asked to join the couple in a threesome.
The victim told police she tried to escape and sent two text messages to friends saying she might need a ride home, but then blacked out, according to the Daily News.
She went to the Park City Medical Center the next day, where an examination found scratch marks on her upper body, suction marks on her neck, bruises and bite marks on her arm, a bitten lower lip and acute vaginal pain, the warrant obtained by the Daily News said.2. Hardcastle Told the Victim on Instagram ‘You Liked it Rough & So I Gave You What You Wanted,’ Cops Say
The victim told police that on the same day she went to the hospital, Anne Hardcastle sent her a friend request on Instagram and began communicating with her there, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The conversation between Hardcastle and the victim over the next few months gave police the incriminating evidence they needed to make an arrest, according to the Tribune.
“You said you liked it rough and so I gave you what you wanted,” Hardcastle told the victim in one message, according to court documents obtained by the Tribune.
Police said in the arrest warrant that Hardcastle admitted to molesting and performing oral sex on the victim and licking her breasts, according to the New York Post. Hardcastle also said Taylor fondled the victim’s breasts and touched her, according to police.
The couple were arrested last Friday and a source tells the Post they were taken into custody following a night of partying.
Hardcastle “stood quietly” with a “stunned expression on her face,” the source told the Post, while Taylor, “began babbling about his love for law enforcement, claiming that he gives donations to police organizations.”3. Her Dad Says She ‘Wouldn’t Hurt Anyone’ & ‘Couldn’t Have Been Happier’ After Returning From Utah, One of Many Trips She’s Taken With Taylor
Anne Hardcastle’s father, Ed Hardcastle, told the New York Daily News he was shocked by the allegations.
“The last thing she would do is engage in this sort of activity. She’s not that sort of person at all. She wouldn’t hurt anyone,” Hardcastle told the newspaper.
He also said she “couldn’t have been happier about that trip to Utah. There was no mention of any incident.”
Ed Hardcastle said his daughter had taken many trips with Taylor. Anne Hardcastle’s Instagram page, @softshack, shows photos of a hard-partying Hardcastle in many exotic locals. She most recently took a trip to Las Salinas Beach in California, two weeks ago, and also posted photos from trips to Ibiza, Rome, Barcelona, Key West and Miami.
Hardcastle is originally from Maryland. She last worked as an executive assistant at an investment firm, and has also worked in marketing, according to her Linkedin profile.
She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in communication and media studies,4. Taylor Played in Minor League Hockey for 7 Seasons Before Starting a Career in Finance
Mike Taylor played college hockey at Northeastern University and then professionally for seven years for several minor league teams, according to HockeyDB.com.
Taylor, originally from Canada, retired from hockey in 2001 after playing for the San Diego Gulls in the West Coast Hockey League, according to a San Diego Union Tribune article. He led the team in scoring that final season, but decided to quit hockey to go to business school at Duke University, citing lingering back injuries.
“Growing up with hockey, it’s something I love to do, and no matter what age I give it up, I’m going to have second thoughts,” Taylor told the Union Tribune at the time. “I just know it’s in my best interests for my future and physical condition. I have degenerative arthritis, plus a couple bulging disks and basically I can’t do certain things for any length of time.”
According to his Linkedin page, Taylor began a career in finance after attending Duke. He worked as a trader at Lehman Brothers, before becoming a vice president at Aqueduct Capital and a principal at Greenhill & Co. He joined First Avenue Partners LLP as a principal, focusing on alternative assets capital raising, in January 2015.
His bio page was removed from the First Avenue Partners’ website.5. Taylor & Hardcastle Are Being Held Without Bail on Charges Including Object Rape, Which Carries a Possible Life Sentence
Mike Taylor and Anne Hardcastle are being held without bail in New York pending their extradition to Utah to face the sexual assault charges there, the New York Daily News reports.
Deputy Summit County Attorney Joy Natale told The Salt Lake Tribune that Taylor and Hardcastle waived extradition hearings and arrangements are being made for them to be transported to Utah.
Hardcastle is facing charges of object rape and forcible sodomy. Taylor is also charged with object rape, and is also accused of forcible sexual abuse.
Object rape and forcible sodomy are both first-degree felonies punishable of five years to life in prison. Forcible sexual abuse is a second-degree felony punishable by a prison sentence between one to 15 years in prison. But the charge can be upgraded to a first-degree felony if the defendant is found to have caused serious bodily injury, according to Utah law.
According to online jail records, Hardcastle is being held at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. Taylor is in custody at the Manhattan Detention Complex, nicknamed The Tombs, in Lower Manhattan.
They are both due in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday, records show.