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Official: Narrative of riders filming train rape is false

The narrative that passengers watched a man rape a woman on a train in suburban Philadelphia last week and 'filmed it for their own gratification instead of calling the police' is false, the prosecutor handling the case said Thursday as he asked witnesses to come forward.

SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III, seen through window at left, stands by following a news conference on an El platform at the 69th Street Transportation Center, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Philadelphia, following a brutal rape on the El over the weekend. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

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