A male model allegedly raped a woman who invited him back to her apartment, forcing himself on her while she was passed out, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Having appeared for a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court, Henry Romero, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree rape, was full of apologies moments after the alleged attack — but only because he’d climbed into bed with the wrong roommate.
“He went into my room, thinking it was me!” the alleged victim’s roommate said on Wednesday, describing overhearing the ruckus in the bedroom next to hers after a boozy night out with friends. “I heard her say, ‘Get off me! Get off me!’ and then he said, ‘I’m sorry! I thought you were [your roommate].”
The ear-witness account adds new detail to the alleged attack by male mannequin Henry Romero, 30, on a young woman in March.
Romero had spent the night drinking with both women and a few male friends, the one roomie said, which is withholding both women’s identities.
The woman who spoke to The Post said she was Romero’s date that night, and had even told Romero that he could sleep on her floor overnight to avoid the trip back to Astoria. But she left the gathering early because Romero began acting creepy as they partied at a gay bar in Midtown, she said.
“He said, ‘I want you to dance for me — that’s why I brought you here,’” the roommate recalled. “The way he said it was just weird.”
Disturbed, and wanting to get something to eat, she left the bar. Once she returned home, Romero was indeed sprawled on the floor, sleeping.
Meanwhile, her housemate, who was a temporary visitor from another country, for some reason had switched beds with her, she said. The woman who spoke to The Post said she fell asleep in the other woman’s empty bed — only to awake at 6 a.m.
As Romero apologized, claiming he’d mistaken one of the women for the other, the other woman’s voice rose in protest: “What do you mean! She’s blond and I have black hair!”
Romero remains free on $3,000 bail on felony rape charges. He’s due back in court on Aug. 1. His lawyer, Phillip Hamilton, could not immediately be reached for comment.