Nicholas Alahverdian — former “Judicial Accountability” point man for A Voice for Men and suspected serial rapist – is in the news again. The last time we checked in on Alahverdian he had just been arrested in Scotland, where the Rhode Islander allegedly fled after faking his own death in an attempt to escape rape charges in Utah and possibly three other states. He’s already a convicted sex offender. In Scotland, Alahverdian — also wanted on fraud charges — apparently spoke with a fake posh British accent that sometimes gave way to an American accent when he was drunk.
Anyway, Alahverdian is back in the news again because, out on bail and waiting for an extradition hearing in May, he’s been calling press outlets with a new and not altogether convincing argument: that he’s not Nick Alahverdian posing as a posh Brit under the assumed name of “Arthur Knight,” as authorities claim, but rather a real British chap named Arthur Knight who just happens to look identical to Alahverdian and have an unusual amount of knowledge about the guy he was allegedly mistaken for.
Our man in Glasgow first landed an interview with the Providence Journal in which, reporter Tom Mooney notes drily, he spoke “with some kind of accent” and demonstrated a rather extensive knowledge of Alahverdian’s legal troubles.
The man showed great familiarity with Alahverdian’s past, including his 2008 conviction for groping a college co-ed in Ohio and the allegation Alahverdian now faces that he raped a former girlfriend in Orem, Utah, just months later. …
He said he had educated himself about these incidents in case he has to show at his extradition hearing in April the shoddy work of prosecutors, particularly that of Utah County Attorney David Leavitt, who sought Alahverdian’s arrest on the rape charge months after he faked his death in Rhode Island in February 2020. …
The man who calls himself Arthur Knight said “we’re not only attacking [Leavitt], we are attacking everything, and by everything, I include the claim that I have an identity or have even had an identity of Mr. Rossi (the surname formerly used by Alahverdian) or Mr. Alahverdian. I am not and have never been known by those names.”
This mysterious man also claimed that international authorities has arrested three other men on suspicion of being Alahverdian. “Their arrests, he appeared to argue, somehow supported his claim that he was not Alahverdian, providing one more odd twist to an already head-scratching tale,” Mooney wrote.
Alahverdian also sat down for a Zoom interview with NBC 10 WJAR. Sadly, the man calling himself Arthur Knight was largely incomprehensible in the half-hour video, due in part to the breathing apparatus he claims to need due to the aftereffects of COVID. In one moment of relative clarity, he insisted he wasn’t that “chap” Alahverdian at all:
If anyone thinks that I am this chap, and have all of these questions, I would love to have them over for a cup of tea, but I am not. I am Arthur Knight.
Though his accent is more than a little wobbly, you can totally tell how British he is by his references to “chaps” and tea — things that only a True Brit could know about.
At one point the reporter was able to get him to pull down his breathing mask temporarily to show his face, which revealed him to be someone looking an awful lot like Alahverdian after gaining a good deal of weight.
When he was first arrested in Scotland, the authorities mentioned that they had identified him in part by his distinctive upper-arm tattoos. The reporter for NBC 10 asked “Knight” to show him his arms to prove he had no tattoos; “Knight” complied, sort of, but only showed his forearms, claiming it would be too complicated for him to remove his jacket.
I’m not quite sure where Alahverdian/”Knight” thinks he’s going with this, as it would take only a simple DNA test to prove his real identity. Maybe he’s been lying so long, on so many subjects, that he’s now become incapable of telling the truth? I think he just likes being in front of the camera. He’ll certainly have plety of media attention when and if he’s sent back to the US to face trial.
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