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New details emerge in Brown rape case

July 29, 2010

Brown University officials, including Brown President Ruth Simmons, were in contact with the father of a student and the student herself in the days before she accused a fellow freshman of rape. That according to emails revealed in a court case by the accused student, William McCormick, III, who is now suing the university for barring him from campus on a false rape charge.

The complaint filed earlier this year suggests that McCormick was a naïve and perhaps socially awkward young man from the mid-west, who became socially involved with the daughter of a powerful Brown alumn. The female student first accused McCormick of stalking her and later claimed that he raped her.

 McCormick’s attorneys say university officials sent McCormick home within weeks of arriving on the Brown campus and gave him no opportunity to defend himself. The complaint also alleges that swift action was taken against McCormick in part because the female student’s father is a large donor and fundraiser for the school.

A spokesperson for Brown University says officials acted appropriately in the McCormick matter.

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