As the rape trail of two former Vanderbilt University football players Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg gets underway, prosecutors opened up by accusing the defendants of laughing, texting, and even filming video as they sexually assaulted an unconscious classmate.
According to a report from WSMV, Lt. Donnie Harville of the Vanderbilt University Police Department testified this Tuesday that surveillance video from a dormitory hallway shows the girl being carried by Vandenburg (who she had been dating) from a car outside into the dorm.
From the Associated Press:
In opening statements, Thurman said they giggled, shot video and sent text messages while they sexually abused her in an assault that began in a hallway. He described in sometimes explicit language how one former player assaulted her with a water bottle while a teammate egged him on. The prosecutor said one of the players passed out condoms and assaulted her.
Thurman said one of the former players urinated on her and made a racial statement. Three of the ex-players are black and one is white. The victim is white.
The men are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with tampering with evidence and “unlawful photography.”
In pre-trial hearings, the duo claimed that they were too drunk “form an intent” to commit rape. According to Jezebel, Batey’s attorney claimed his client was “very inebriated” that night and that he “had a blackout,” while Vandenburg’s said, “the evidence is not going to show that he personally did any of it. Zero for seven.”