Devin Ratray is best known for his role as Buzz McCallister in the 1990 classic, Home Alone. His name has suddenly resurfaced though and for all the wrong reasons. The forty-five-year-old actor is currently being investigated on the charges of raping a friend of fifteen years in 2017. CNN reported that the alleged attack by Ratray on Lisa Smith took place at his apartment in Manhattan, five years ago. The victim, Smith, accused Ratray of drugging her before the rape as well. Soon after the horrendous experience, she filed a police report.
Devin Ratray has got quite the rap sheet
Devin Ratray has denied the allegations claiming that he “did not have sex” with Smith. However, his rap sheet does not work in his favor. The actor has also been arrested on charges of domestic violence last year in Oklahoma. The allegations say that he tried strangling his then-girlfriend. Ratray got his release from a $25,000 bond and he pleaded not guilty.
Lisa Smith shares her ordeal with the police
However, Ratray’s arrest for an unrelated case triggered Lisa Smith who began to think about why no investigation into her case was ongoing. It turned out that the police had shelved her case because they wrongfully assumed that Smith didn’t intend to press charges against Ratray, as reported by CNN. Smith claimed that the revelation that her report was not being investigated right away had her “devastated”.
According to CNN, Smith recalled the night of the alleged ordeal sharing details of September 21, 2017. Smith shared that she, her brother, and another friend had met Ratray for a drink at an NYC bar, and they went to his apartment later on where she claims she was drugged. Smith said,
“I remember waking up and I couldn’t move. I couldn’t really open my eyes, but I could hear what was happening and I could feel what was happening. I knew that the other two people were gone and I was still on the couch.”
Smith also shared the terrible experience and how it seemed to be “an eternity” while Ratray was sexually assaulting her.
The investigation against Devin Ratray ongoing
Smith’s case is now being handled by officials with whom she is “in touch”. Her phone and text records were recently probed by a prosecutor who contacted potential witnesses.
NYPD’s statement to The Post says:
“The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”
Lisa Smith has gone through a tiring rope walk trying to have her voice heard and her experience validated. And it was in May when Smith met a Sex Crimes Unit prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, who apologized to Smith for the careless handling of her case all these years, that she finally got a sense of being heard.