The San Diego Harbor Police have released more details on the cosplayer who was found injured at the 333 West Harbor Drive Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel during San Diego Comic Con. The original report of the incident, based on a tumblr post and social media posts by the parents of the girl, said that the cosplayer was found bloody and unconcious and that the police were looking for information. After an initial, confusing barrage of unverified reports that included the name and pictures of the seventeen-year-old, information has trickled out through local news media and blogs like The Mary Sue, which has compiled a comprehensive collection. Injuries reportedly include skull and eye socket fractures, and the girl is reportedly still in the hospital, though she has regained conciousness. Inquiries to the San Diego Harbor police yeided a press release on Tuesday explaining that a twenty-nine year old man had been arrested on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the incident.
Earlier today, the man in question, photographer Justin Kailor, spoke to Polygon and gave his account of the events:
Kalior told Polygon that he is friends with the victim and that he drove her to the convention that day so they could both attend. She was dressed as a female Roger Rabbit and he was planning on spending the day taking pictures of cosplayers. He said the two do not have any relationship beyond a friendship and that he doesn't know what happened to her. He denied having sex with the victim or giving her any alcohol.
"This has been a few very hard days for me," he wrote. "I wasn't there for her when this happened and I regret every second. I just hope that she pulls through this with a safe and fast recovery, please pray for her."
Read the full interview here.
Tonight, a new press release from the police clarifies that the injuries sustained by the cosplayer appear to have been caused by a fall and were not a result of a sexual assualt. That being said, the sexual conduct with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges have not been dropped, and will be forwarded to the district attorney's office. Here's the press release, from The Beat:
Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014, a juvenile female was found with significant injuries in the pool area of a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive in San Diego. The juvenile female had attended Comic Con earlier in the day and still had her costume on. She was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
In connection with the case, Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27 at the hotel. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 a.m. on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit has been investigating the incident, including the cause of the injuries to the victim.
After the incident, Police began a thorough investigation of the facts, including a review of footage from multiple surveillance cameras, as well as the assistance of community members and Comic Con attendees who provided extensive information and sent photographs for review. The investigation concluded with a finding that the juvenile female’s injuries were not the result of a criminal assault, and were likely the result of a fall. Her injuries, and physical evidence at the scene, were consistent with a fall from the distance of approximately six feet.
This finding does not affect the charges against the 29-year-old male, which will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. Because this case involves a minor, no further information will be released about this incident.
As more information becomes available, we'll update this report or publish a new one.