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Former Yale basketball player files lawsuit after sexual misconduct allegations

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A former basketball player filed a lawsuit against Yale University. (WFSB file photo) A former basketball player filed a lawsuit against Yale University. (WFSB file photo)

A former basketball player at Yale University accused of sexual misconduct filed a formal complaint in United States District on Thursday.

Jack Montague was expelled from Yale after the university committee on sexual misconduct found that he had nonconsensual sex with another student in fall of 2014.

Montague was the captain of the basketball team at the time of his expulsion on Feb. 10, 2015.

In the complaint, Montague’s lawyers said the female student “was affirmatively misled by the defendants into participating in a formal complaint process.” 

“This was not the first, or the second, or the third sexual encounter Montague had had with this same female student. Nor was it even the first time he and the student had engaged in sexual intercourse,” the complaint read.

The complaint said the formal complaint process was "initiated" by Yale and not the student.

“And she made this claim despite calling Montague shortly after the encounter, voluntarily rejoining him the same evening, flirting with him on the way back to his bedroom, and spending the remainder of the night in his bed with him,” the complaint read.

To read the full complaint, click here

Montague made a public statement where it stated "Yale’s wrongful conduct has been devastating" to him and "unfairly branded a sexual assailant." 

"The lawsuit may never make Mr. Montague whole, but it may repair some of the damage done by Yale and its employees to Mr. Montague’s reputation and to his promising future," the statement read. 

To read the full public statement, click here

Yale University called the lawsuit "factually inaccurate and legally baseless." The university said it "will offer a vigorous defense."

"Yale always respects the privacy and confidentiality of all students involved in a disciplinary process. Yale’s procedures for addressing allegations of sexual misconduct are thorough and fair. Allegations are investigated by an impartial fact finder, heard by five trained members of the Yale community, and decided by the accused student’s dean.  Throughout the process, all parties have advisors, which can be legal counsel, and they can appeal a decision," Yale said in a statement on Thursday. 

To read the full statement by Yale, click here

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