Football players sue college student who falsely accused them of rape ‘My life will never be the same’
The white college student who lied and pled guilty after saying two Black former football players raped her is now getting sued by the men whose lives she almost destroyed.
The former student claimed she was raped by two men during a party in 2016, but then later admitted to making up the allegations because she wanted a potential love interest to feel sympathy for her.
The lawsuit also takes aim at the University for suspending the men. Yovino, 20, is getting sued for slander and infliction of emotional distress.
In August, Yovino was sentenced to a year in jail in Bridgeport Superior Court after pleading guilty in June to misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting an incident and interfering with police.
During the hearing, one of the men, Malik St. Hilaire, stepped forward to read a victim impact statement to the courtroom. In his statement St. Hilaire explained how Yovino’s false claims got him expelled from school.
“I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled with no way to clear my name,” St. Hilaire said. “I just hope she knows what she has done to me, my life will never be the same. I did nothing wrong, but everything has been altered because of this.”
But rather than be contrite, Law & Crime reports that Yovino smirked and repeatedly rolled her eyes as the young man addressed the room.
Bradley and St. Hilaire said they and Yovino reportedly had consensual sex at an off-campus party.