Lawyers pay $3.5 million to settle sexual assault claims

A lawyer who was accused of sexually assaulting a female client is facing a second trial in the United States, after a jury returned a verdict in his favour.

Lawyers for the two men, who are facing a combined $3 million in compensation, agreed to dismiss their claims in a US court on Monday.

The women had accused the former US Attorney for the District of California, Robert Hochul, of drugging and sexually assaulting them in 2014.

The woman’s lawyer said the two defendants had agreed to a $1 million settlement after agreeing to a plea deal in April 2018.

A statement from the men’s lawyers said: “The defendants have reached a settlement that resolves all claims against them.

We are pleased with the outcome and look forward to seeing the case re-litigated.”

They added: “We are also pleased that the trial has concluded and that we will be able to pursue our claims in the courts of the United Kingdom.”

Hochul is expected to return to the US on Wednesday to face his second trial.

Mr Hochil pleaded guilty in 2016 to two counts of sexual battery in an attempt to settle his legal fees.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

He is due to be released in 2021.

In 2018, the Supreme Court of California ruled that prosecutors could not prove that the women had consented to the sexual contact.

The two men were charged in December after an investigation into the alleged assault by Los Angeles police detectives.

The trial was one of several involving alleged sexual assault by high-profile public officials in the US.