Ex-NFL star Derrius Guice accused of rape by 2 former LSU students
Two former Louisiana State University students say Guice raped them when they all attended the school.
Two former students at Louisiana State University claim former NFL running back Derrius Guice sexually assaulted them and that the university did not properly investigate.
According to USA Today, two women allege that back in 2016 when Guice was a freshman on LSU’s football team, he raped them just months apart. The report finds that although the women reported their assaults nothing was done.
The women say they shared their claims with multiple people, including two coaches, an athletic administrator and a nurse.
“At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student-athlete at LSU,” says Guice’s attorney Peter Greenspun, according to USA Today.
He continues, “To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature, and timing of what is being alleged years later.”
But USA Today interviewed one of the women in January about the alleged rape and by June, she had detailed the allegations as a plaintiff in a lawsuit where she is listed as a “Jane Doe.” The lawsuit was filed against the NCAA by seven women seeking damages after alleging they were assaulted by male athletes.
The woman, a former LSU tennis player, says her rape occurred when she allowed Guice into her residence after they initially met at a bar. She admits to drinking heavily then and before she ever met Guice.
The woman was interviewed by an investigator for Washington a day before Guice was arrested and released on domestic violence charges.
“I never gave him consent. I never wanted to have sex with him. I don’t even remember except the flashbacks I had. I just wonder sometimes, does he even know that that was wrong?” she said.
The tennis player says she was ultimately dismissed from the team due to drug and alcohol abuse, which she says worsened after the encounter with Guice, as reported by USA Today.
The second woman alleges that Guice arrived uninvited to a party at her apartment where he allegedly raped her in her bedroom while she was asleep.
She says she told an LSU nurse that “I don’t want to be that girl that everyone looks at and says, ‘Oh, she’s lying.’ Also, I was kind of scared to go forward with it because he was so violent,”
That woman was so traumatized by the incident and what she says was intimidation and harassment by Guice that she started using drugs and was ultimately arrested.
USA Today interviewed friends of both alleged victims who shared that school officials did not believe the victim’s stories and provided explanations why the claims were not investigated in full. The women say the university did not directly interview them or potential witnesses to the assaults. Neither woman filed criminal reports.
Louisiana State University issued the following statement to USA Today:
“LSU and LSU Athletics take all accusations of sexual assault with the utmost seriousness. Formal complaints are promptly and fully investigated and the rights and privacy of students are protected as stipulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Complainants are also strongly encouraged to report the offense to law enforcement and are provided information on health care, counseling and supportive measures available.”
Guice, 23, was arrested on domestic abuse charges for three different assaults allegedly taking place at his Virginia home. theGrio reported. Guice faces one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.
After the arrests, Guice was dropped from the Washington Football Team.
“Any time you have to release a very talented young football player, it’s always a tough decision,” Washington Football team coach Ron Rivera said to media on a conference call. “But this type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very, very seriously, and we had to make a decision going forward.”
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