New Baylor lawsuit alleges gang rape was 'bonding' for players, claims video made
This is the seventh Title IX suit against Baylor and its football program
A new Title IX lawsuit directed at Baylor has been filed, bringing the total number of suits against the university up to seven.
The latest, served on Tuesday evening, claims the plaintiff, a former Bears volleyball player, was drugged and raped in 2012 at an off-campus apartment by at least four -- but as many as eight -- Baylor football players. The plaintiff also said during the investigation that there is "at least one video" of two female students being gang raped.
The Waco Tribune reports that such rapes were part of a systematic hazing process and considered "a bonding experience by the players."
"These girls affected by this are seeking their day in court," Muhammad Aziz, who represents the alleged victim, told the Tribune. "We thought about this a lot, and me and my client thought about it and discussed it. Eventually, we decided to proceed. Really, what we are seeking to enforce is just a safe education environment for the girls at the school."
The Tribune adds that Aziz already sent a "subpoena requesting further information from the investigation by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP."
A statement from Baylor read as follows: "The alleged incident outline in the court filing occurred more than five years ago, and Baylor University has been in conversations with the victim's legal counsel for many months in an attempt to reach an amicable resolution."
The news comes five days after Baylor announced the "structural completion of the 105 recommendations related to the institution's response to sexual violence and implementation of best-practice governance policies and procedures."
"As this case proceeds, Baylor maintains its ability present facts -- as available to the University -- in response to the allegations contained in the legal filing. The University's response in no way changes Baylor's position that any assault involving members of our campus community is reprehensible and inexcusable."
A year ago, Baylor football coach Art Briles was fired in the wake of the school's assault scandal. Athletic director Ian McCaw resigned and president Ken Starr eventually resigned and cut all ties to the university.
Baylor regents told the Wall Street Journal in 2016 that 17 women accused 19 football players of assault since 2011. However, a January lawsuit against Baylor raised the numbers, by at least 31 different football players.
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