Baylor Moves To Dismiss ‘Inflammatory Assertions’ In Sexual Assault Case
Baylor University filed court documents on Tuesday in a move to dismiss claims from a female Baylor graduate made in January alleging 52 acts of rape by 31 football players in a Title IX lawsuit against the school.
“Baylor moves to dismiss Plaintiff’s assault, failure to investigate, and negligence claims because they are barred by the two-year statute of limitations,” the document stated, according to The Washington Post.
The university also stated that they do “not agree with or concede the accuracy of Plaintiff’s 146-paragraph complaint and its immaterial and inflammatory assertions.”
The former student filed the lawsuit in January under a pseudonym claiming she was gang raped in 2013 by former Baylor football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman. Armstead and Chatman were both arrested last week and have been indicted on charges in connection with the student’s 2013 allegations.
The unnamed student also alleged an alarming 52 instances of rape by 31 football players between the years of 2011 and 2014.
The student, who was a member of a female hostess program called the Baylor Bruins, also claimed the school’s “good time” recruiting tactic promoted by the football program created a culture for sexual abuse.
Her lawsuit contends that former assistant coach Kendal Briles once asked a recruit, “Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor, and they love football players.” Instances like this, the woman claims, “directly contributed to the creation of a culture of sexual violence.”
“While broadly and needlessly impugning the integrity of the many female students who honorably participated in the Bruins organization, Plaintiff does not allege that she herself was ever asked by any Baylor official, directly or indirectly, to participate in the ‘good time’ recruiting policy that she claims to have existed,” Baylor responded in their statement.
“Although Baylor appreciates the sensitivity and seriousness of the issue of sexual assault,” Tuesday’s filing continued, “Plaintiff’s inflammatory and immaterial allegations must be disregarded when evaluating whether Plaintiff has stated a claim.”