Jack Montague though his lawyer is making a comeback but not in a school uniform in the hard court as he looks for redemption after being expelled from Yale University on alleged sexual assault.
According to CNN, Montague’s legal counsel Max Stern stated that his client was expelled on Feb. 10 following a decision handed down by a panel of the university on the basis that Montague had a non-consensual sex with an unnamed woman back in 2014.
It was also learned that there were no assault charges that were filed with the Yale police department and even in the courts of New Haven, which raises concerns that Montague is being singled out and a victim of false accusations.
“Last week, the media widely reported on statements made by Yale students and posters put up on campus which condemned Jack Montague directly as the named culprit and as a rapist, thus slandering him with this accusation. He was never accused of rape and Yale took no steps to correct these actions. As a result, Mr. Montague has no choice but to correct the record,” Stern said in a statement.
Stern also related that Montague and the unnamed woman, who is a junior at Yale, had a relationship as reported by a University investigator and that the two have been sleeping together inside Montague’s room since the fall of 2014. The investigator accounted that the woman voluntarily went inside Montague’s room and was not forced in no way to have sex with him. It was event stated that the woman and Montague had sex four times in separate occasions prior to the alleged sexual assault.
“On the fourth occasion, she joined him in bed, voluntarily removed all of her clothes, and they had sexual intercourse. Then they got up, left the room and went separate ways. Later that same night, she reached out to him to meet up, then returned to his room voluntarily, and spent the rest of the night in his bed with him. The sole dispute is as to the sexual intercourse in the fourth episode. She stated that she did not consent to it. He said that she did,” Stern added.
He also argued that a year later after the said incident, the woman reported the incident to a Title IX coordinator. A Title IX official – not her – filed a formal complaint with the University-Wide Committee.
Stern also explained that the panel made a wrong and unfairly decision in just listening to the side of the supposed “victim,” whom he described as the one who tried to reconnect with Montague and even went back to his room and sleep overnight.
“We strongly believe that the decision to expel Jack Montague was wrong, unfairly determined, arbitrary, and excessive by any rational measure. Yale has been oblivious to the catastrophic and irreparable damage resulting from these allegations and determinations. The expulsion not only deprives Jack of the degree which he was only three months short of earning but has simultaneously destroyed both his educational and basketball careers,” Stern argues.
On the other hand, a Yale University representative stated that Yale does not comment on the specifics of cases regarding student discipline, out of respect for 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: The 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. Where cases involve judgments about the witnesses’ credibility, all of the available corroborating or contradictory information is carefully weighed to determine who is telling the truth,” the spokesperson said.
Montague was the captain of Yale University Bulldogs before his expulsion and is scheduled to play against Baylor in the First round of the NCAA Tournament, which is a first for the school since in 1962.
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