New York, NY – A recently-retired New York Police Department (NYPD) veteran has accused her former captain on the elite Yankee Stadium detail of having raped her “nearly every game day” for a year.
The lawsuit filed in Bronx Superior Court this week by now-retired NYPD Officer Gillian Roberts accused her former boss, NYPD Captain Jeffrey Brienza, of having repeatedly raped her at the ballpark, the New York Post reported.
She is seeking $35 million in damages.
Roberts, 47, told the New York Daily News that she was assigned to the 50th Precinct in Riverdale when she got an opportunity to join the Yankee Stadium detain in March of 2020.
She said that the 48-year-old Capt. Brienza took her under his wing when she joined the stadium detail and made her his driver.
The more than 20-year veteran of NYPD told the New York Daily News that in June of 2020, Capt. Brienza snuck up behind her in a bathroom.
“He grabbed me from behind around my waist,” she recalled. “I grabbed him and I was peeling his hands from around my waist and I felt his grip tightening and at that point I realized what he was doing, so I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Yes.’”
The filing said that the captain placed his hands around his officer’s neck and ejaculated inside of her, the New York Post reported.
The lawsuit alleged Capt. Brienza forced Roberts to perform oral sex on him and then pushed her up against a sink and raped her before leaving without a word, according to the New York Daily News.
“I was afraid. There was a lot of things going through my head. I was kind of blaming myself like maybe I could have yelled louder,” Roberts explained.
She said Capt. Brienza called her into his office a few days later and asked her if she had told anyone what happened and warned she could get into trouble, the New York Daily News reported.
“Everyone thinks he’s a great guy. Everyone loves him. I was new to the Stadium,” Roberts said. “I was afraid to say anything because he’s the captain.”
The lawsuit claimed the abuse continued and Capt. Brienza forced then-Officer Roberts, sometimes more than once a day, to perform oral sex on him in his office and in her car, the New York Daily News reported.
“I feel like I was being pressured each time,” Roberts said.
She claimed in her lawsuit that Capt. Brienza “became even more possessive” and raped her “nearly every game day” and “most non-game days when they were on duty at the same time when he would arrange for them to be alone,” the New York Post reported.
The lawsuit also alleged the other officers on the elite detail called her “Captain’s Girl” which made her feel like they might not back her up if a dangerous situation arose.
In her complaint, Roberts alleged that if she “made herself unavailable for his sexual attacks,” Capt. Brienza gave her “piece of s–t posts,” according to the New York Daily News.
She alleged in the complaint that Capt. Brienza once made her stay in his office during the seventh inning of a Yankees game instead of letting her go take her post.
Capt. Brienza pushed Roberts’ head toward his crotch and told her, “You take your post,” according to the lawsuit.
Roberts told the New York Daily News that she hit her limit in September after one alleged rape in the NYPD women’s locker room.
The former cop said in her lawsuit that she “felt that she was no longer there to perform the duties of a police officer, but to provide unconsented sex to the Captain,” the New York Post reported.
She said the sexual abuse was destroying her physical and mental health, as well as her love of being a police officer.
“I couldn’t even set foot in the building. It was just the strangest thing,” Roberts told the New York Daily News, said. “It’s literally like I couldn’t move. I couldn’t go. My heart was racing and I would be sweaty. … Everyone was there but no one to talk to.”
The veteran officer said she reported the rapes to a union delegate later in September and the delegate informed NYPD.
NYPD launched an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation and Capt. Brienza was transferred to the 25th Precinct in October, the New York Daily News reported.
Roberts took early retirement in November, the New York Post reported.
Fred Lichtmacher, Roberts’ attorney, was direct in expressing his opinion on what the police department needed to do about the problem, the New York Daily News reported.
“Supervisors in the NYPD have to stop viewing their subordinates as potential sex slaves,” Lichtmacher said.
A department spokesperson acknowledged there was an investigation into the allegations underway but said they could not comment on it.
The city’s Law Department said that they would have a comment after the lawsuit had been served on them, the New York Post reported.
The NYPD Captain’s Endowment Association told the New York Daily News that the accusations against Capt. Brienza weren’t true.
“These are far-fetched and reaching allegations that will be determined untrue,” union president Chris Monahan said.