Manhattan lawyer who used impotence defense acquitted of attempting to rape woman on office fold-out bed
Nelson, 39, was found guilty of sexual abuse and obstruction of breathing
The alleged attack happened in 2014 on a fold-out bed in the lawyer's Manhattan office
Nelson defended himself against attempted rape charges by arguing he is impotent
A Manhattan lawyer who said he couldn't be a rapist because he suffers from erectile dysfunction was acquitted of rape Friday but found guilty of sexual abuse and strangulation.
The charges against Dan Nelson, 39, stemmed from a drunk night out at an East Village dive bar in August, 2014.
The intellectual property litigator admitted he was sloshed off three bottles of wine when he met his 36-year-old victim at Bull McCabe's bar and invited her to his Midtown law office, the New York Post reported.
There, on a fold-out bed, the woman alleges Nelson choked her and attempted to rape her.
In court, Nelson defended himself by saying he suffers from erectile dysfunction and that he hadn't taken a Viagra pill that night, according to the Post.
Nelson admitted to engaging in a scuffle with the woman during which he grabbed her arm and hair, and ripped off her dress.
The lawyer told jurors he got angry because the victim allegedly mocked him for failing to get an erection.
'He was a jerk that night, but being a jerk isn't a crime,' said Nelson's defense lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, according to the Post.
Asked by a prosecutor if he has anger issues towards women, Nelson answered 'I do,' according to the Post.
Nelson reportedly makes $50,000 a month representing artists in copyright cases at the Nelson & McCulloch law firm, where he is a partner.
He faces up to seven years in prison on the sexual abuse charge, and is scheduled to reappear in court March 4, court records show.