EXCLUSIVE: New Details Uncovered from Report in Vanderbilt Rape Case
Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 06:25 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - We hear directly from the alleged victim in the Vanderbilt rape case for the first time. In a police report obtained by FOX17 NEWS, the young woman says she had consensual sex with football recruit Brandon Vandenburg, whom she was dating, within 24 hours of what prosecutors say was a dorm room sexual assault. Days later, surveillance footage and cell phone pictures would lead to rape charges against Vandenburg and 3 other Vanderbilt football players. This case turned the Vanderbilt football program upside down and led to the dismissal of 4 players. The alleged rape victim says she and Vandernburg had been out drinking the night of the alleged assault. Days later, she didn't remember much about that night, but felt sure Brandon wouldn't let anything happen to her. This June a Metro Police report investigating the alleged rape of an unconscious co-ed in a Vanderbilt dorm quotes the 22 year old victim telling police "she had been drinking heavily and had little to no memory of the events that took place" the night of the alleged rape.
She tells investigators she had been drinking heavily and Vandenburg took her home but couldn't get her electronic key to work so he took her back to his dorm. She further explains in the report she "didn't think she'd been sexually assaulted". She "trusted Vandenburg and he would not let anything happen to her". In fact the victim says she remained in contact with Vandenburg via text messages and had consensual sex with him a few days following the alleged rape.
Police at Vanderbilt University began their investigation after surveillance video from Gillette Hall showed 4 men identified as Vanderbilt football players (Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Baty, Tip McKenzie and Brandon Banks). Police say the 4 were carrying a female who appeared to be passed out. The University concluded sex between Vandenburg and the victim was consensual, but that Vandenburg violated the student's privacy by videotaping the act.
The District Attorney says Vanderbilt's report is not relevant in the criminal case.
Metro Police eventually filed rape charges against the 4 Vanderbilt football players. They were dismissed from the team. Their alleged victim remained in school.
The attorney for the alleged victim wants to make sure the evidence stays under wraps until the trial. The alleged victim attended classes on campus while one of the players implicated in her alleged rape attended classes too. In a FOX17 EXCLUSIVE last Fall, Chris Boyd remained in school on scholarship, despite his dismissal from the team. He's now pursuing a career in the NFL and his agent says he's an internship away from getting his degree at Vanderbilt.
FOX17 NEWS has been requesting the investigators' reports by Metro Police and Vanderbilt in this case so we can tell you exactly what evidence exists.
Our requests have been denied and FOX17 has partnered with numerous other media outlets in court action to gain access to public records in this case.
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