Las Vegas, NV – All charges have been dismissed against a group of four California dentists accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman, after cell phone video showed the woman had lied.
"We are so grateful to the justice system for recognizing that we were the victims in this case," the men said in a statement to KVVU.
"We knew the facts came out that the vicious allegations would be exposed as lies and our good names would be cleared,” the statement said.
“At this sensitive moment in our history, we believe that women should be respected and heard and believed,” the dentists continued.
“But as this case shows, it is also important to keep a critical eye on those willing to use the [#MeToo] movement for their own selfish motives and remember that innocent until proven guilty is one of our country's bedrock principles," the men warned.
The alleged incident occurred on July 28, after the unnamed woman met 30-year-old Ali Badkoobehi at a club inside the Wynn Las Vegas resort, KVVU reported.
Badkoobehi eventually invited the woman to his suite, where they planned to continue drinking, she said.
The woman claimed that when they got to his room, Badkoobehi sexually assaulted her.
She claimed that three other men came out of their rooms inside the shared suite, and raped her as well.
After the alleged assault, the woman reported the incident to security personnel and was taken for a physical examination.
Her bra was torn, and medical personnel noted that she had injuries that corroborated her report of having been raped, according to an arrest report.
Police arrested Badkoobehi, as well as three brothers alleged to have been involved in the incident – 30-year-old Poria Edalat, 34-year-old Sina Edalat, and 39-year-old Saman Edalat – on charges of rape and kidnapping, FOX News reported.
All four of the men work as dentists in California.
Subsequent to their arrests, Badkoobehi’s attorney, Robert Draskovich, said he had cell phone video that proved the sexual encounter the men had with the woman was consensual, KVVU reported.
Saman’s lawyer, Jess Marchese, said his client did not even participate in the sexual encounter.
On Aug. 2, the men were released from jail and returned to California, KVVU reported.
"Although our clients have been held without bail since Saturday, we are grateful to the DA’s office for agreeing to release them after they were provided and reviewed exculpatory video evidence that clearly showed extremely different circumstances than what was represented by the alleged victim," Poria’s lawyer, Craig Hendricks, told KVVU.
Las Vegas prosecutors subsequently reviewed the video footage, and determined that the sexual encounter was consensual, KVVU reported.
On Monday, all charges against the four dentists were dropped during a 30-second hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
None of the men were present for the hearing.
“After a review of the facts of the case, it was clear the allegations were completely fabricated,” Draskovich told FOX News. "The evidence confirmed the men's innocence, and the state has cleared them of all charges."
The dentists, in their written statement, thanked their "families, friends and lawyers for sticking by us through this horrific ordeal."
It is unclear whether the woman who brought the false allegations against the dentists will face criminal charges. The woman has not been identified.