The University of Missouri botched allegations of sexual assault on Terrence Phillips: lawsuit

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The University of Missouri has mishandled the investigation into the sexual misconduct of former basketball player Terrence Phillips.

The lawsuit, which was filed before the US District Court in Missouri on Monday, claims that Phillips – a "known robber on campus" – was never held accountable for allegations such as rape and stalking because the university accused the two women of allegations , the St Louis Post-Dispatch Reports.

Phillips was released from the university basketball team in February after at least four different women accused him of misconduct.

The women – identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 – claim that Phillips followed one of them and sent her several text messages, including one that represents his genitals. The woman reported the news to the university officials, but an investigator informed her that Phillips had only sent her an explicit photo, but had not followed her.

The second woman claims Phillips sexually assaulted her and taped her in December 2017 when he raped her. He also sent roommate messages to her on Snapchat and asked her to join the couple in a “threesome”.

The woman submitted a police report and the University's Title IX office said it would investigate her allegations. However, she was later told that Phillips was "not responsible" for the alleged rape.

The office found that Phillips was responsible for violating two Title IX provisions, including that he pushed an ex-girlfriend in 2016 and exposed his genitals to another woman, the Kansas City Star reports.

However, the university's Title IX office offered "little communication" to the alleged Phillips victims and failed to investigate their allegations in good time, as the lawsuit alleges.

"In the face of numerous tremendous accusations against one of its top athletes, the university has decided not to do anything," says the lawsuit. "When the university finally acted, it conducted an investigation that violated its guidelines and federal law."

A university spokesman declined to comment on Friday because school officials have not yet had an opportunity to thoroughly investigate the lawsuit.

"We are still investigating the case," spokesman Christian Basi told The Post.

https://nypost.com/2020/01/03/university-of-missouri-bungled-sexual-assault-accusations-against-terrence-phillips-lawsuit/