Luster Ordered to Pay Rape Victim $20 Million

ByABC News via logo
October 2, 2003, 10:38 PM

Oct. 3 -- Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, who was convicted of rape earlier this year, has been ordered to pay $20 million in damages to one of the women he drugged and sexually assaulted three years ago.

The victim, listed in court papers as "Tonja Doe," is one of three women who accused Luster of raping them. The women each say he knocked them out with the date rape drug GHB and sexually assaulted them at his Mussel Shoals beach house northwest of Los Angeles.

While on house arrest during his criminal trial earlier this year, Luster jumped bail and fled to Mexico. He was convicted in absentia and sentenced to 124 years in prison. Five months later, Luster was caught by a bounty hunter in Puerto Vallarta and returned to the United States.

Luster, who is the great-grandson of the cosmetics legend, is now serving his term in Soledad prison in Monterey.

Last week, the woman testified that she was unaware that Luster had raped her until detectives investigating an unrelated assault showed her a videotape of the incident that they had found while searching Luster's home.

Each of the three victims sued Luster for intentional infliction of emotional distress, rape, assault, negligence and fraud. A judge awarded one victim $19 million last month. Another woman's case is expected to go to trial this fall.