Lawsuit accuses Michigan State of covering up rape accusation against basketball players
- Author: Jermaine Castillo Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 11:16
However that wasn't the case and now the victim has chose to proceed with an official lawsuit U.S. District Court for the Western District of MI. "In the past, we see how poorly MSU handles these types of things and at every turn makes it clear that they only care about the brand of Michigan State".
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In it, three men's basketball players are accused of raping a female student in 2015.
The woman said she met the team at a bar and one offered to buy her a drink.
The suit states that the woman was having a hard time with her motor functions despite not drinking a lot and she believed she was drugged. There, her roommate told her she did not know about a party. "There was no party" the lawsuit stated, "as few people were present".
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The woman said she was feeling "discombobulated" and tried to "send a phone text, but she could not control her thumbs to formulate a text".
The freshman was uncomfortable and was able to exit the bedroom and make her way back to the living room where she felt amusing and suspected she had been drugged. The second player then invited her to his room to see basketball memorabilia, which she accepted as a sports fan. "She was afraid and seeing what was going on in the community - and that she would probably have more support now". "Plaintiff was forcefully thrown face down on the bed, held in place so she could not move, while JD2 raped Plaintiff from behind". The woman was crying and could not speak, her lawsuit claims, and she did not consent to the activity. She took a cab to her residence hall and a later told a friend what happened.
The victim, an MSU student, claims that she was at Harper's Bar when members of the Spartans basketball team arrived after midnight. But once counseling center staff learned that players were involved, they discouraged her from reporting the atrocious ordeal to the police since she "faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention".
After waking up on a couch in the apartment, the plaintiff, apparently distraught, called a taxi and was later taken by a roommate to report the rape with the school's counseling center.
"Plaintiff was expressly told by MSUCC staff that 'if you pursue this, you are going to be swimming with some really big fish'". The counseling staff at no point encouraged her to seek testing for sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy testing.
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According to MSU's policy on relationship violence and sexual misconduct, counselors generally are not permitted to report allegations of rape or relationship violence to the Title IX office or police.
She doesn't remember anything else, according to the lawsuit. She said her roommate was not at the apartment as she had been told, the lawsuit said. The woman was eventually admitted to an outpatient psychiatric program as a result of the incident.
She returned to class in January 2016, and changed her major and goal of becoming a sports journalist.
According to the complaint, one of the players pulled the woman into a bedroom and told her "you are mine for the night".
"When she went to the counseling center she was discouraged to the point where she was totally frightened and didn't feel like that was a viable option for her", Truszkowski said.
Karen Truszkowski, an attorney for the plaintiff, said Tuesday that she had no further comment about the suit.
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The woman claims to have told a counselor at Michigan State about the rape on April 20, however she never reported it to police; she accuses the counselor in the lawsuit of failing to properly advise her in the matter and implying that it would not be in her best interest to report it to law enforcement. Three ex-football players also were charged previous year with sexual assault. The three players are not named.