Michigan State student sues, claims school ignored rape by basketball players

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The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Southern Division, alleges three players (named John Doe 1, 2 and 3) took the student home from an East Lansing bar between the late evening of April 11 and the early morning of April 12, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The woman's attorney, Karen Truszkowski, says Michigan State officials have the lawsuit and "they have reviewed it".

"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".

MSU spokesperson Emily Guerrant declined to comment on the lawsuit. The school is being charged with creating "an unwritten, official policy that 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.

In it, three men's basketball players are accused of raping a female student in 2015. She said she left the bar with some of the players after being led to believe her roommate had gone to a party at an apartment belonging to one of the players. The woman reportedly had "no intention of having any physical contact with any of the people present at the party".


She was invited to an apartment by one of those players, according to the lawsuit, under the guise of a party. She also then realized her roommate was not there.

JD2 then asked the alleged victim if she would like to see some of his basketball memorabilia. According to the lawsuit, the woman said she was forcefully thrown face-down onto the bed and held so she could not move while the second player raped her from behind.

The alleged victim was crying, could not move or speak and did not consent to the sexual activity.

The student did not reveal her name because she "fears revealing her identity publicly".

The woman said she doesn't remember anything else until she woke up on the couch a few hours later, according to the lawsuit. There, her roommate told her she did not know about a party.

All three men raped the woman, the lawsuit contends.


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

The alleged victim has never reported the incident to police, Truszkowski told Outside the Lines. According to the woman, it was not clear who the additional person was or why they were brought into the room.

The MSU counseling staff told her she could file a police report or deal with the aftermath of the rape on her own. At no point was she informed of her Title IX rights, protections, and accommodations.

"If you pursue this, you are going to be swimming with some really big fish", the MSUCC staff member said, according to the lawsuit.

Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned after it emerged that Nassar, who also worked for the university, was accused of abusing more than 250 girls and women.

Ultimately, the victim alleges that she became "traumatized" by the attack and was later hospitalized at the Sparrow Hospital outpatient psychiatric day program for intensive psychiatric treatment.She also lost months of schooling and eventually changed her major.


The lawsuit goes on to say the plaintiff ultimately withdrew from classes during the Fall 2015 semester, and once again was not informed of her rights despite disclosing to additional university officials what happened in order to get her tuition refunded.

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