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Dmitry Kovacevich, 36, pleaded not guilty to sexual battery and forcible rape

Dmitry Kovacevich, 36, pleaded not guilty to sexual battery and forcible rape

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles man accused of sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents last year spent most of Monday’s trial on the witness stand, struggling to persuade jurors that his conduct was not predatory.

Dmitry Kovacevich, a Russian national, was charged with sexual battery and forcible rape after he allegedly tried to force a woman to perform sex acts on him at various locations, all while he was armed with a gun.

Kovacevich has pleaded not guilty, according to court records.

Defense attorney Bruce H. Levitt questioned Kovacevich, 36, about the allegations he tried to force a man to perform sex acts at a hotel.

“If I were asked, ‘Do you think that is appropriate?’ What would you say?” Levitt asked.

“It’s not appropriate,” Kovacevich replied.

Kovacevich went on to say that, because he lives in America, he knows he can’t get away with such conduct in Los Angeles.

“It’s not appropriate in Los Angeles because it’s illegal to carry a gun,” he testified.

He also said that he wasn’t a predator, but rather a victim of abuse.

“My entire life, all the way through I had been abused and I made the choice to come here and try and be free from that abuse,” he said.

Kovacevich also testified that he had only one sexual encounter with the first victim — which included him trying to kiss her after she said no to his advances.

During cross-examination, Levitt questioned Kovacevich about whether he was a victim of abuse when he lived in Russia and whether he had any abuse issues while living in L.A., Levitt also questioned Kovacevich about the two women from whom he was accused of sexually assaulting.

“Did

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