A 21-year-old graduate of the University of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit in a Philadelphia court on June 8 over an alleged rape in 2013.
Reginald Stewart is seeking $450,000 in damages from Charles Gibson and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the university. Stewart graduated with a bachelor’s degree in May, and was a member of the United Minorities Council.
In court documents submitted by Stewart’s attorney, Stewart alleges Gibson sexually assaulted him after a recruitment party at the frat house on Jan. 12, 2013.
Stewart accuses the fraternity of serving him copious amounts of alcohol, even though he was underage at the time. He claims they only stopped serving him when he was losing consciousness later in the evening.
At this point, Gibson and another frat member allegedly walked Stewart back to his dorm. Stewart states that his next memory was waking up in the middle of the assault, but because of the amount of alcohol he had drunk, he could not fight his attacker off.
Daily Mail reported that Stewart had to have reconstructive surgery on his rectum following the attack. He has also alleged that Gibson gave him the sexually transmitted disease HPV, reports Philadelphia Inquirer.
Stewart refused to make any comment on the lawsuit at the advice of his attorney.
Gibson was similarly unwilling to talk when contacted by Philadelphia magazine.
“I really can’t say anything about it,” he commented.
In documents challenging the suit, Gibson admits having sex with Stewart, but claims it was consensual. He also accepts that both were served excessive amounts of alcohol at the party.
The suit is to be heard in Philadelphia federal court.
The university also declined to comment on the incident, or state whether any disciplinary measures had been taken.
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