Teen In Cosplay At Comic-Con Wasn't Brutally Attacked But Suffered A Nasty Fall, Police Say
A teen cosplayer who was found bleeding and unconscious outside a San Diego hotel during Comic-Con was not brutally assaulted but suffered a bad fall, police said.
San Diego Harbor police said the 17-year-old slipped while climbing a gate at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina and fell six feet, according to NBC Los Angeles. Authorities discovered this after reviewing footage from security cameras and interviewing people who attended Comic-Con.
"Her injuries and physical evidence at the scene were consistent with a fall," Harbor Police said in a statement.
The teen was found around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday near the hotel pool, still wearing her Roger Rabbit costume. She was taken to the hospital, where she was in the ICU being treated for skull and eye-socket fractures and cerebral hemorrhaging. Authorities were worried that she was the victim of a sexual assault because her memory was fuzzy and she was under the influence of drugs.
Police arrested 29-year-old Justin Kalior for having sexual contact with a minor and providing her with alcohol. Kailor said that he took the teen down to Comic-Con, although he was under the impression that she was 20. He said the two were not romantically involved, and denied giving her alcohol or having sex with her. That night, they had gone to the hotel for a party that later got broken up over a noise complaint.They got into a fight about leaving and she ran away and he didn't follow her, he said.
Initial reports said that the teen was found on the side of the road, not the pool, and that she did not have her ID on her, but police later said she did.