Hughes: 'I didn't want it to come up'

"They told me she was assaulted, and I had no clue what they were talking about as to the assault," Hughes replied.

"I thought that me sleeping with her was irrelevant and I didn't want it to come up."

He also said police produced a picture of a woman who was not the alleged victim during the interview.

Hughes told jurors about the encounter in graphic detail. He testified it was born out of "hormones" more than attraction.

Hughes also was asked about a Facebook message he sent to then-roommate Harrison Reed days before the start of the trial where he apparently advised him not to come to testify. Reed testified on the first day.

Hughes said today he wanted Reed to understand "It was not my decision."

"It's not that I didn't want him to come, it's that I didn't want him to think I was making him come," Hughes said.

Before resting today, the prosecution played a tape of the 911 call the alleged victim made on the night of the incident. In it, the woman was clearly upset, saying several times "I don't even know what happened."

She initially told the dispatcher she did not known where she was but named nearby streets and came to express a better understanding of her location.

"I'm not intoxicated, I'm totally aware of where I am," she said near the end of the call.

Also today, Judge Dan Lamont granted the defense's request to dismiss a charge of criminal sex act in the third degree. The charge of that crime in the first degree still stands.

Defense attorney Robert Molloy argued the prosecution had failed to provide proof the alleged victim was indeed incapacitated.

"The victim's purported lack of memory cannot be substituted for her being physically helpless," he said.

Closing arguments are set to begin tomorrow morning, after which the jury will begin deliberations.

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