Stefan Glaenzer, the former chairman of Internet radio provider Last.fm, pleaded guilty recently to allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman on the London Underground in August.
The millionaire and current chairman of the investment group Passion Capital told a British magistrate that he’s used marijuana for years and was on “a drugs binge” when he committed the crime, according to the BBC.
The London Evening Standard reported that police spotted Glaenzer thrusting his pelvis against a woman who has not been named. The Standard added that his attorney told the court that “he has smoked drugs for some considerable time, but has never experienced anything like this,” adding that he had “in fact he had taken cannabis” shortly before the assault.
The judge reportedly objected to the attempted excuse, saying the offense may have been planned. “Your drug use is an aggravating feature, not a mitigation,” magistrate Jessica Baldwin reportedly added.
Glaenzer, now facing jail time, is due to be sentenced in December.
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