GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The attorney for a woman who accused two Florida football players of sexual assault has informed the university that she would not attend a code of conduct hearing because a Gators sports booster was assigned to adjudicate the case.
Boulder, Colorado-based attorney John Clune wrote in email to the university's general counsel that the woman, her family members and five witnesses were boycotting the hearing that was scheduled for Friday. The email, first reported by ESPN and provided to The Associated Press, was dated Aug. 5.
"This is beyond acceptable," said Clune in a statement. "I couldn't be more proud of my client for boycotting this hearing and she'll take her testimony and her witnesses elsewhere. Victims are not required to settle for whatever scraps of fairness are left over in a biased process. They get a full seat at the table just like the accused, football player or not. It's a complete disservice to both students involved as well as the rest of the UF community."
Receiver Antonio Callaway and quarterback Treon Harris were suspended by the university in January for conduct code violations. There are no police records of a complaint against Callaway and Harris.
Callaway's attorney criticized Clune for going to the media in an attempt at "intimidation." His statement is below:
“We have read what the complainant's attorney has released to the press. We consider his actions inappropriate and an attempt at intimidation. Since the complainant's attorney has chosen to go to the press in this matter, we assume that he will be releasing the hundreds of pages that made up the University of Florida's investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the sworn affidavits in this case. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant's text messages in the investigation. We assume he will be releasing the complainant's multitude of varying and conflicting stories. We are not going to besmirch his client in the press. The totality of the investigation that is over one-thousand (1,000) pages will do that for us. Our client has asked us not to release anything at this point. Because of the conduct of the complainant's attorney, that may change in the future.”