Luke Lazarus 'Really Sorry' After High-Profile Rape Acquittal

Lazarus would not be drawn on whether he felt shame about what happened in the alleyway, but said he felt sadness and knew he had "really hurt someone".

What you need to know
  • Luke Lazarus, 23, breaks his silence after high-profile 2017 rape acquittal
  • Lazarus says he still thinks about what happened in Kings Cross alley 'every single day'
  • He has apologised to his accuser and says he wishes the incident had 'never happened'

Luke Lazarus, the 23 year old acquitted of raping a young woman in an alleyway behind his father's Kings Cross nightclub, says he's "really sorry" about what happened and thinks about it "every single day".

In 2013, Lazarus, the son of a nightclub owner in the notorious Sydney party precinct, was accused of sexually assaulting 18-year-old Saxon Mullins in an alleyway behind his father’s club.

He was found guilty and sentenced to three years behind bars but was subsequently acquitted, with the District Court ruling that Lazarus had a genuine and honest belief that Mullins had consented to anal sex.

Last week, Mullins waived her legal right to anonymity and told her side of the story to the ABC about the incident, sparking calls for reforms to NSW sexual consent laws.

On Thursday, Lazarus spoke publicly about the alleyway altercation, saying he was forced to respond to the ABC  because the public broadcaster "purposefully did not present the facts the way that the judge found them".

"I felt that I had to come on and give my side of the story," he told 2GB.

Lazarus said he wasn't surprised that much of the public viewed him as "scum" given media coverage of the case was based on "trying to get people's attention".

"That's the kind of news that's going to suck them in, but if they want the real information I've got absolutely nothing to hide."

Lazarus would not be drawn on whether he felt shame about what happened in the alleyway, but said he felt sadness and knew he had "really hurt someone".

He conceded it was something he thought about "every single day".

"It's something I've thought about for the last five years every day and it's just something I certainly wish did not happen."

"I'm sorry that I've caused this pain, I'm sorry that I've influcted this pain. For a long time I've wished that things were different or that things would have never happened.

"I'm really sorry that all this happened."