A Vanderbilt University student who was allegedly raped by University football players testified Thursday in court that she had no recollection of being sexually assaulted before the prosecuting attorney revealed graphic footage of the incident.
The 21-year-old woman, unnamed in the press, had begun dating football player Bradon Vandenburg was the rape is said to have occurred. According to Fox Sports, she testified that the last thing she remembered on the June night in question was Vandenburg doing something to her drink at a popular night club in Nashville. She woke up hours later in a dorm room, unaware of where she was or how she’d gotten there.
The alleged victim, now pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience, told AP:
I felt very out of it.. I didn’t feel like myself. I felt very confused. I felt sick and nauseous. I started to develop a really bad headache and I was also in pain in certain parts of my body.
He told me that I had gotten sick in his room and he had to clean it up and that it was horrible and that he had to spend all night taking care of me and that it was horrible. I apologized. I was embarrassed.
The alleged sexual assault only came to light when Vanderbilt officials reviewing a dormitory surveillance video noticed an unconscious woman being dragged into a dorm room. Nashville Police asked the woman to get a physical examination, but she refused, unaware still of what had happened. She promised Vandenburg to help clear his name of the charges.
She still believed Vandenburg was innocent until she later saw graphic videos of the alleged attack by Vandenburg and three other school football players. Prosecutors played the footage, shot on Vandenburg’s cellphone, for the woman and the jurors to see in court.
The prosecution rested on Thursday after showing the footage. Earlier this week, another of the accused football players, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, testified that Vandenburg was “amped,” coaching the others to violate the woman. He also said he took pictures but didn’t touch the woman.
Vandenburg and a fellow football player, Cory Batey, are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg alone is also standing trial for one count of unlawful photography and one count of tampering with evidence.
Two other players, Brandon Banks and McKenzie, are accused but a trial date for them has not yet been set. All four players have pleaded not guilty.