Royal Mayo, a member of the Steubenville chapter of the NAACP, recently said in an interview with theInternational Business Timesthat the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim was willing to have sex.
Mayo also defended the actions of high school football players Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond after they were convicted of raping the 16-year-old girl.
“She said her mother brought her to the party at 3 o’clock with a bottle of vodka,” Mayo said. “Where did you get it, young lady? You brought it from home? Where’d you get it? You came to the party with your mother.”
He added: “They’re alleging she got raped. She’s acknowledging that she wanted to leave with Trent. Her friends say she pushed them away as she went and got into the car, twice telling them, ‘I know what I’m doing; I’m going with Trent.’”
“Back in August, when the rumors first started going around, I talked to Ma’lik, and he said, ‘No, Mr. Mayo, we didn’t do anything to that girl. I don’t know what these rumors are; I don’t understand it,’” Mayo claimed.
A spokesperson for the NAACP said on Thursday that it will release a statement on the comments made by Royal Mayo about the teen rape investigation, per WTOV9.com.