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Man Claims Rapist Owes Him $18 Million

SACRAMENTO (CN) - A man claims a casino employee drugged and homosexually raped him, and when he woke up during the assault and fought off the assailant, the man promised to pay him $650,000 a year for life if he kept his mouth shut. But now the alleged victim has sued, claiming the other man stopped paying him after he'd paid only $1 million.

In his Superior Court complaint, John Doe claims Gary Marks, an employee of Jackson Rancheria Casino, invited him to his home and then drugged him and raped him.

Doe says he awoke during the rape and accepted Marks' offer to settle for $19 million in exchange for not going to the authorities. But he says Marks stopped paying him after dishing out about $1 million.

Doe says Marks, a member of the family that owns and operates the casino in Jackson, Calif., invited him to his home in April 2006. He says Marks' home was behind the casino on a secluded property guarded and patrolled by armed security.

The man claims Marks gave him "a beverage laced with a drug in order to incapacitate him and rape him." Once unconscious, Marks moved the man from the kitchen to the living room and positioned him "strategically" on the couch, the complaint states.

Doe says he does not know the full extent of the assault, but it would have continued had he not awakened and kicked Marks, who ran to his bedroom and locked the door.

After Doe threatened Marks, he says, Marks offered to pay him $650,000 a year for 30 years in exchange for silence.

The agreement was both oral and written, the complaint states.

Doe complains that for the next 3½ years he had to call Marks repeatedly to get his money. Doe says Marks stopped paying after 24 months, and $1.2 million in payments.

The casino is also named as a defendant. Doe claims the casino helped cover up the incident by making financial contributions to local law enforcement to gain favoritism and avoid bad publicity.

Doe wants the $19 million he was promised, and an order forcing Marks to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. He alleges breach of contract, fraud, distress, conspiracy, assault and false imprisonment.

He is represented by Mark Axup.

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