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Lawsuit claims 3 Michigan State basketball players raped female student in 2015

11 April 2018, 11:20 | Audrey Hill

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Lawsuit 3 Michigan State athletes gang-raped student

The rape allegedly took place on the night of April 11, 2015, and the morning of April 12, 2015 after the three players - identified as John Doe 1, 2 and 3 in the lawsuit - took her home from a bar in East Lansing and committed the acts, which are graphically laid out in reporting on the lawsuit from the Detroit Free Press.

Neither the woman nor the players are named in the suit, which claims Michigan State failed to comply with Title IX requirements and "created an unwritten, official policy that created a culture in which male MSU athletes felt entitled and emboldened to commit sexual assaults without effect".

"I feel that because...like they have such a big future, they have a lot of promise that these students are handled, or these students are treated with some sort of privilege".

Emily Guerrant, MSU's vice president and university spokesperson, said the university does not comment on pending litigation.

The suit claimed that MSU failed to comply with Title IX requirements when it created "a culture in which male MSU athletes felt entitled and emboldened to commit sexual assaults without outcome".

A message for the MSU athletic department was not immediately returned.

After midnight, most of the MSU basketball team arrived there, including the three accused men.

The suit alleges JD1 bought her a drink, introduced her to other MSU basketball players at the bar and that she was ultimately invited to a party. The student said she tried to send a text, but "could not control her thumbs". She also suspects she was drugged. But another player, who lived in the apartment, later asked her if she wanted to see some of his basketball memorabilia.

Two of the basketball players allegedly drove the woman to an off-campus apartment, at which point she realized her roommate was not there and no party. The woman was crying and could not speak, her lawsuit claims, and she did not consent to the activity.

She did not file a police report or a no-contact order against the players through MSU, claiming in the suit that she was never informed of that option. When she woke up on the couch a few hours later, she called a taxi and went back to her dorm room. She was also reportedly told her roommate was already headed to the party. The roommate, the lawsuit states, had been looking for the woman.

"We have personal records yes, we have records that are in possession of the university, yes", her attorney said.

According to court documents obtained by USA Today, the unidentified female victim claims she reported the incident to an MSU campus counselor who then advised her not to take her case to the authorities, but instead "get yourself better". After telling a counselor the assault involved three members of the basketball team, the staffer brought in another person into the room and they told her she could file a police report but she "faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted media attention", the complaint said.

The victim has claimed that she chose to come forward and take action because she did not want another girl in Michigan State to go through what she had to go through and have her life messed up. They did not advise her how to report the rape to the university's Office of Institutional Equity.

She was told that the three basketball players she referred to were well known athletes and if she pursued a lawsuit against them that she would be swimming with very big fish. She claims this interaction led to a conversation where she was told by a counselor at MSUCC that reporting the assault to police would not be in her "best interest". She was admitted to the Sparrow Hospital outpatient psychiatric day program for intensive psychiatric treatment.

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