Scott Bennett, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Brian Wilson, has been convicted of rape.
The musician, seen above performing live with Wilson, has worked with the former Beach Boys star since 1998, touring live as well as co-writing and co-producing his solo albums. His latest recording credit was on Wilson’s 2015 album ‘No Pier Pressure’.
The Tulsa World reports that Bennett was convicted of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery last month (April 29) after a week-long trial at Rogers County District Court in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Bennett was found guilty of raping a then 21 year-old woman at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa in December 2014. Video footage described by the prosecutor as “very, very disturbing” was shown to the jury during the trial.
According to the report, CCTV footage from the hotel showed Bennett “prevent[ing] the woman from getting off the elevator before taking her up to the 12th floor”. Bennett then “appears to sexually assault” before taking her to his room.
“It is clear from watching the video that the victim is extremely intoxicated and is unaware of her surroundings,” a police officer wrote of the incident. “The subject however appears to be in complete control of his faculties.”
Bennett has denied that sexual intercourse occurred.
The jury has recommended a two-year sentence for the sexual battery charge and three-year sentence for rape by instrumentation. Bennett’s attorney Shannon McMurray has said her client intends to appeal the conviction.