Stock promoter Karl Antonius fights rape charges with ‘sleepsomnia’ defense

Those who enjoy a tipple at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel bar will have likely encountered 51-year-old Vancouver stock promoter and current boss of Boreal Metals (BMX.V), Karl Antonius a time or nine, being as the penny stock player with Jane Austen novel good looks has long rented a chamber at the raconteur flophouse, and has never been shy with the dames that frequent same.

So when the grey-haired rapscallion was accused of slipping his knobelisk into a local lady’s chutney locker without her permission recently, society types raised knowing eyebrows.

What would his 21-year-old girlfriend think?

The NY Post:

Antonius told the court that he had no recollection of having sex with the unidentified woman, according to the report. After he fell asleep, he said, his next memory was standing in front of his refrigerator, but he didn’t remember how he got there.

When he returned to his room, he found the woman in a bathroom. She then left his apartment and declined to kiss him on the way out, according to the Sun.

The Daily Mail has more:

She says Antonius then tried to climb into bed beside her and groped her before she swatted his hand away while saying no. The woman then fell asleep, but claims she awoke to find him engaging in non-consensual intercourse.

Antonius claims he has ‘sexsomnia’, a condition in which he occasionally ‘sleepwalks’ though sex, only to have no recollection of the act later.

To prove this, his mother stepped forward with an awkward memoir.

Val Downing, his mother, shared an incident in the summer of 2018 while the two were travelling through Rome. Downing says the two were forced to share a king-sized bed and Antonius cupped her breast in the middle of the night.

Downing said: ‘I woke up and said, “Karl, it’s your mother, stop it,” and he stopped right away.’

When ‘I groped my mum once’ is your best counterargument, things may be getting a little bit ropey for the defense.

Antonius isn’t the first man to blame sexsomnia as the rationale for alleged uninvited sexual activity, but may be overselling things a little with some of his defense:

Antonius said: ‘I didn’t invite her back to the place to have sex. I brought her back to the hotel because she didn’t have her key and she had nowhere to go.’   ‘I wanted to see her again. I didn’t want to have sex on the first date,’ he continued. 

While a spirited cry, this excuse seems a tough sell for most men, let alone most Vancouver penny stock players, let alone most Vancouver penny stock players named Karl Antonius, who a simple Google image search will reveal is rarely without a swordswallower by his side, is clearly handy with his Rumpleforeskin, obviously likes a run around the knobstacle course, and likely gets a bulk deal on frangers.

The trial continues.

LATE UPDATE: The board of Boreal Metals has news:

VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Boreal Metals Corp. (“Boreal” or the “Company“) (TSXV:BMX) announces that Karl Richard Antonius’ position as President of the Company has been terminated for cause. Mr. Antonius failed to make timely and adequate disclosure to the Company’s Board of Directors of his role in court proceedings in British Columbia that have been the subject of media reporting this week. Mr. Antonius is no longer an officer or employee of the Company.

— Taint, Esq.

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