A lawsuit filed claims that an Caucasian female employee at Notre Dame university allegedly forced African American athletes to have sex with her daughter. Check out the full story below
A lawsuit filed Friday accuses a University of Notre Dame employee of pressuring a student into a sexual relationship with her daughter, as well as arranging sexual encounters with her daughter and football and basketball players.
The suit, filed in St. Joseph County Circuit Court against the university and the female employee, claims the male student was a victim of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The employee and her daughter are not named in the suit, but it says the daughter is “a student at a nearby school” and also works at Notre Dame.
The suit alleges the employee, who is white, pressured the African-American male student into a sexual relationship with her daughter. The student who filed the suit is also not named. He is represented by the law firm of Anderson, Agostino & Keller. The firm issued a news release saying the student fell prey to a “manipulative and predatory scheme.”
The suit also claims the employee arranged multiple sexual encounters with her daughter and other African-American students, including basketball and football players.
Notre Dame is aware of the lawsuit and “denies that it engaged in any wrongdoing,” Paul Browne, vice president of public affairs and communications, said in a statement.
“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘student athletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity,” Browne said in the statement.
According to the suit, the employee began providing academic help to the male student this past spring and immediately “initiated, directed and coordinated a sexually and racially motivated inappropriate and demeaning relationship” between the student and her daughter.
The woman questioned him about the “nature, frequency and quality of sexual activities,” he had with her daughter, according to the suit, “demeaning the plaintiff with racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess.”
The woman allegedly provided lodging, transportation, hotel rooms and condoms for the encounters, pressuring the student to continue the relationship and threatening him when he tried to end it. The sexual encounters he was pressured into created a racially hostile environment, causing him to suffer academically and emotionally, according to the suit.
When the student first sought to end the encounters, the suit claims, the woman convinced him he needed mental counseling. The student was counseled by a Notre Dame employee who was a “friend and confidant” of the defendant and who sought to medicate the student to keep him passive, the suit claims.
The stress of the “hostile sexual environment and degradation” was furthered exacerbated by the woman pressuring the student to convert to Catholicism, according to the suit.
The student claims he brought the situation to the attention of Notre Dame officials two weeks ago, but the university has “failed to act to remedy the situation,” the suit says.
“The failure to respond and react reflects a double standard by some at the University, as the objectification would not have been tolerated under any other set of circumstances,” said a news release from the student’s attorney.