Actress claims former husband raped her before they married
A man charged with raping an up and coming actress, who is also his former wife, believes the allegation stems from a custody dispute.
NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WTVY) -A man charged with raping an up and coming actress, who is also his former wife, believes the allegation stems from a custody dispute.
That woman's attorney disputes the claim.
39-year old Jason Greathouse, on Wednesday, turned himself into the Coffee County Jail.
“I’ve never seen this before. We’re flabbergasted,” said attorney David Harrison.
Ashley, the victim, became pregnant at 15 and married Greathouse, who was in his mid 20's. In 2007, she delivered a daughter.
Things didn't work out between the couple and, in 2009, they divorced. In 2012, a judge granted Greathouse primary custody of their daughter.
Ashley moved to Tennessee and is now actress Ashley Periera. She has several movies to her credit, including the 2018 award winning film “All Light Will End.”
That's Pereira the entertainer.
Pereira, the mother, has gone to a Tennessee court, seeking to regain custody of her daughter. She is also asking a Coffee County judge to rescind the Alabama custody order.
Then there's the criminal allegation. She filed a police report in Enterprise, claiming that Greathouse raped her 14 years ago.
Pereira's attorney, Robert Turner, denied she is retaliating against her former husband.
“It’s a crime that a magistrate found probable cause that Mr. Greathouse has committed,” Turner told WTVY.
Harrison disagrees. “In our (justice) system today, we’re using it so many times for manipulation,” he said.
“That (allegation) is absurd,” Turner responded.
In Alabama, it is a crime to have sex with a girl under the age of 16, even if that contact is consensual.
Greathouse faces prison and would have to register as a sex offender, if convicted.
He posted a $30,000 bond and has been released from jail.
(Editors note: WTVY routinely does not identify alleged sex crime victims. An exception has been made for this story due to the unique circumstances of the case and public status of the alleged victim).
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