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New Lawsuit Alleges 3 Michigan State Basketball Players Raped A Woman In 2015

A general view of Michigan State's basketball court.

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 28: General view of the Breslin Center prior to the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan State Spartans on February 28, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

A new lawsuit filed today alleges that three members of Michigan State's 2015 Final Four team raped a woman three years ago and the university pressured her not to report the rape to authorities.

According to a new report from Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press, the lawsuit claims three unnamed players took an 18-year-old student home from an East Lansing bar between the evening of April 11, 2015 and the morning of April 12, 2015.

The woman in the lawsuit, who is still a student at Michigan State, alleges she was offered a drink by a Michigan State player at Harper's Bar on the night in question. She was later invited to a party at an apartment, which another player said her roommate would be attending.

The details from there are featured in Solari's report:

The lawsuit says the woman was having a difficult time holding her glass, though she said she did not have a lot to drink. She then accepted a ride to the party from two players — the party was at one of their off-campus apartments — and there was no party and her roommate was not there.

The lawsuit alleges the woman “was feeling discombobulated” and tried to send a text but could not control her thumbs and believed she may have been drugged. Then the first player allegedly pulled her into a bedroom and told her, “You are mine for the night.”

After the woman asked for water and to see basketball memorabilia, the second player then took her to another room when the lights went out.

According to the lawsuit, the woman said she was forcefully thrown face-down onto the bed and held so she could not move while the second player raped her from behind. The woman was crying and could not speak, her lawsuit claims, and she did not consent to the activity.

The lawsuit alleges the first player and a third player took turns raping her after the second player finished. The woman claims she does not remember anything until waking up on a couch a few hours later, then called a taxi back to her dorm. There, her roommate told her she did not know about a party. The roommate, the lawsuit states, had been looking for the woman.

The woman's attorney, Karen Truszkowski, says she reported the incident to a Michigan State University counselor, who she claims "failed to properly advise her and even implied it would not be in her "best interest to report the incident to law enforcement."

This lawsuit is the latest instance in which either the MSU football or men's basketball program has been criticized for its handling of a sexual assault complaint. It is the third allegation of rape by multiple MSU basketball players since 2010, per Solari.

None of the players or the victim were named in the lawsuit.