This article originally appeared in The Daily News.
A Manhattan judge dismissed the rape charge against an accused pimp who allegedly called himself “black Hitler” while holding a prostitute captive.
Sherman Gamble, 54, still faces charges of kidnapping, assault, promoting prostitution and sex trafficking.
State Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser said she reviewed the grand jury minutes and determined the alleged victim’s credibility was problematic.
“There is no evidence that the defendant, either personally, or while acting in concert with another, engaged in sexual intercourse with the complaining witness,” the judge added.
The kidnapping charge carries up to 25 years in prison. Gamble recently rejected an offer by the district attorney to plead guilty to assault and promoting prostitution in exchange for three years behind bars, plus probation.
Gamble’s attorney, Norman Steiner, said the ruling is a good sign for Gamble, who adamantly denies the charges.
“The tides have begun to shift and the court agrees with the defense that the witness lacks credibility and the vindication of Mr. Gamble has begun,” he said. “We fully expect to continue the dismissal of all the charges.”
Gamble allegedly tortured the woman in his house of horrors on E. 23rd St. He allegedly advertised trysts on Backpage.com and elsewhere between July 15, 2012, and Dec. 4, 2013. His case was adjourned to next month.