A new report reveals that former NFL star Marcellus Wiley and husband of RHOBH newbie Annemarie Wiley was accused of rape in 1994.
On Tuesday, the former NFL defensive end was accused of raping a Columbia University student during his time at the school 29 years ago.
The female victim, now a professor and sociologist, filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court. She accuses Marcellus Wiley of attacking her in the fall of 1994. At the time, Marcellus was a sophomore and the star running back for Columbia University’s football team.
She alleges that Marcellus forced himself on her in her freshman dorm room. The two were friends, and the alleged incident occurred after Marcellus invited himself to her dorm room to eat dinner together and listen to music. The victim also says he ignored her verbal objections and robbed her of her virginity. The attack later drove the victim to attempt suicide.
“[Wiley’s] actions were intentionally designed to cause plaintiff severe emotional distress or were taken with reckless disregard of the significant and/or substantial probability of causing plaintiff severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit states.
The victim insists she “set clear boundaries with the 250-pound football player, telling him she was a virgin and was not interested in having sex.”
He reportedly told the victim: “Ain’t nobody tryna have sex with no virgin! Don’t worry, I got you. Just coming to hang out while I eat. I don’t even have condoms on me.”
However, Marcellus allegedly changed his mind later on in the evening. After ignoring the victim’s pleas, he allegedly ripped off her clothes and “forced her facedown onto the mattress,” court documents state.
She reportedly feared for her life as Marcellus allegedly raped her multiple times. When she managed to get away, he grabbed her and dragged her back to the bed for another round.
Afterward, the victim reported the alleged attack to several administrators at Columbia University, who all had a “fondness” for the star football player and insisted that she misunderstood the encounter since she was born in Africa and Marcellus was American.
As for Marcellus “just disagreed that it’s rape” upon hearing the allegation against him. He received minimal punishment as a result of the allegation. Marcellus was placed on “academic probation and ordered to complete the spring 1995 semester from his home in Los Angeles” before eventually returning to New York City.
The lawsuit was filed under the Adult Survivors Act, which is “a New York law that allows alleged sexual abuse victims whose claims are past the statute of limitations to file a civil suit for a one-year period, until Nov. 24.”
Annemarie and Marcellus are set to make their RHOBH debut during next week’s episode of the show. The new RHOBH couple wed in 2014 and share three children.
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