Man accusing rabbi of sex abuse testifies

The 22-year-old Brooklyn man who accused a rabbi of sex abuse took the stand Friday and testified against him.The victim claims Rabbi Baruch Lebovits lured

BROOKLYN - The 22-year-old Brooklyn man who accused a rabbi of sex abuse took the stand Friday and testified against him.

The victim claims Rabbi Baruch Lebovits lured him into his car and molested him repeatedly over a 10-month period in 2004 and 2005.

The defense pushed for a mistrial after it was revealed that Lebovits' accuser was offered $10,000 for his testimony.

The judge ruled against the mistrial, but allowed the defense to cross-examine the alleged victim. The 22-year-old denied ever taking the money that was offered to him.

Detective Steven Litwin also testified that the accuser told him he was being pressured by the Hasidic community to drop the charges.

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