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Rosario Dawson's cousin charged with attempted rape and burglary

A cousin of actress Rosario Dawson has reportedly been charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse and burglary following an incident in New York last week (ends19Oct14).

Juan Scott was detained by police on Monday (20Oct14) and charged with first-degree attempted rape, after he allegedly tried to assault a woman on 17 October (14), according to TheVillager.com.


Scott was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday (21Oct14), when he was held without bail and hit with two additional charges of sexual abuse and burglary.


Assistant District Attorney Brendan Tracy says, "(He followed) a 20-year-old woman into her apartment building, into an elevator (and then) brutally and violently sexually assaulting that female.


"The entire incident is on video, including the defendant fleeing the scene."


Scott is due back in court on Friday (24Oct14).


The Sin City star has refused to comment on the situation, telling the New York Daily News, "We're not talking about that."


Scott is no stranger to the law - in September (14), the 26 year old's ex-girlfriend accused him of sexually abusing her in her home and bombarding her with text messages demanding she drop the criminal complaint, according to the New York Daily News.


He also allegedly followed a woman into her residential building, lifted up her dress and grabbed her in June (14).


Tracy continues, "There is also surveillance video from that incident as well as positive identification from a lineup... There is a great deal of evidence against this defendant."