The young Jewish woman at the center of the crumbling Crown Heights rape case is in Israel, training in martial arts, shooting firearms — and still hoping the men she accused stand trial, the Daily News has learned.
While the case against the four men charged with raping and pimping her out unraveled this spring amid revelations she recanted, the accuser was at a self-defense program learning how to shoot an Uzi.
In one of a series of photos posted online, the flaming redhead strikes a femme fatale pose, clutching an oversized pistol. She also appears atop a tank, practicing the Israeli martial art krav maga on a beach, and shooting a submachine gun.
“She’s doing very good,” said the co-director of the intensive fitness course, where the 22-year-old has been enrolled for the past months.
But the attorney for one of the four men she accused was up in arms over the weapons training, noting that she had been diagnosed with mental issues in the past.
“What is she doing firing machine guns?” fumed lawyer James Phillips. “Is this the person you want with a loaded Uzi?”
The woman, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, accused the men of destroying her youth by selling her for sex starting in 2003, when she was only 13.
The case has been plagued with problems and charges against at least some of the suspects could be dismissed as early as Monday, when all four are due in court, according to sources.
The defendants deny the sex-trafficking and rape allegations, saying any sex they had with her was consensual.
The alleged victim wants the case to move forward, her father told The News.
“My daughter, despite the pain and embarrassment, is eager to go to court,” he said. “The worst possible outcome would be for it to be thrown out on a technicality.”
The sensational case started falling apart in April, after prosecutors revealed that the accuser recanted a day after making her initial complaint two years earlier.
Defendants Darrell Dula, 25, and Damien Crooks, 32, were released after spending 10 months in jail, while the other two — brothers Jamali and Jawara Brockett — remain locked up on unrelated charges.
The delayed disclosure led to an internal probe by the district attorney’s office, which cleared Lauren Hersh, chief of the sex trafficking unit, of breaking ethics rules.
She stepped down anyway last month.
Additional evidence that went undisclosed includes a recorded conversation where the accuser backtracks and the diaries she kept throughout the ordeal, said Phillips, who is Dula’s lawyer.