Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside an Italian court after it emerged that two men were acquitted of rape partly because the judge believed the alleged victim look “too masculine.”
One of the defendants was initially sentenced to five years in prison for the 2016 rape while the other defendant was sentenced to three years for standing guard.
The ruling was overturned in 2017, despite doctors confirming that the woman’s injuries were consistent rape.
The reasons behind the acquittal only immersed last week when the Italian Supreme Court annulled the verdict and ordered a new trial.
The case will now be retried from scratch.