BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– East Baton Rouge Parish Judge Janice Clark has ordered LSU to hand over unredacted police reports requested by USA Today and Samantha Brennan, amid an investigation into the university allegedly mishandling numerous sexual harassment claims.
Samantha Brennan is a key player in the investigation.
In October she sued LSU for refusing to hand over a police report she filed in 2016 accusing former star athlete Derrius Guice of taking and distributing a nude picture of her without consent. The police report she obtained from the university had both her own and Guice’s name blacked out.
“It just goes to show you that if you keep pushing and pushing your voice will be heard eventually,” Brennan said.
The 5 month battle ends with Judge Clark ordering LSU to give her the full, unredacted report and pay more than $16,000 in fees.
“It’s a precedent that LSU as an entity is going to think twice before this happens again,” Brennan’s Lawyer Scott Sternberg said. “When a victim wants to see her records, and there hasn’t been any prosecution in multiple years they are not going to be able to hide behind the statute of limitations anymore.”
Brennan says she is still far from feeling closure.
“We are not done, this is not a case closed,” Brennan said.
LSU immediately appealed the ruling.
Vice President of Legal Affairs Winston Decuir Jr. stands by his statement that the ruling will deter victims from reporting or participating in investigations of misconduct because their identities will no longer be protected.
FULL STATEMENT FROM LSU VICE PRESIDENT OF LEGAL AFFAIRS WINSTON DECUIR JR.: “The court ruling may deter victims, witnesses or bystanders from reporting or participating in investigations of misconduct as their identities will no longer be protected. As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting our students’ physical safety, privacy, and well-being, we reviewed the ruling and will appeal the decision because of the long-term implications for students participating in the university’s investigatory process.”
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