The teenage cosplayer found injured and unconscious at a San Diego hotel during Comic-Con this week was not the victim of an assault, according to a San Diego Harbor Police investigation. Her injuries, police said in a statement today, were likely the result of a fall.
On Sunday, the young woman was found with “significant injuries” in the pool area of the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel and was transported, still in her costume, to a local hospital for treatment. San Diego Police arrested 29-year-old photographer Justin Kalior in connection with the case, charging him with sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Kalior told Polygon he was friends with the victim, and denied having sex with her or giving her any alcohol.
The girl, who turned 17 on Sunday, was treated for skull and eye-socket fractures and cerebral hemorrhaging, among other injuries. The circumstances surrounding her injuries drew attention from friends, the cosplaying community and San Diego Comic-Con attendees who rallied support to provide police and other officials with information about what was believed to be an assault.
A review of footage from surveillance cameras and information gathered from Comic-Con attendees concluded that the girl’s injuries were not the result of an assault, but likely that of a fall, police said.
"Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet," a police statement reads.
The findings do not affect the charges against Kalior, police said, and because the case involves a minor, San Diego Police say they won’t release further information about the incident.
A response from Yaya Han’s FB page: “I feel infinitely relieved, for the girl did not suffer the trauma of an assault and she is recovering. And I also feel relief for her photographer friend.
I do want to believe that when we meet at a con, we’re all there to have fun, be nerds, and be good people.
However, a lot of important points were brought up in the discussion thread of the last post I made about this situation, and I think it is a good time to share this eloquent and vital article written by Golden Lasso Cosplay: “Ending Convention Rape Culture” - http://www.goldenlasso.net/ending-convention-rape-culture/
Please. Read the entire article. Please understand that we all can do something to make a convention environment FEEL safer, make our interactions FEEL more easy-going, make all of us FEEL more free and light-spirited.”
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