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Vanderbilt Rape Case Defendant: No Memory of Any Assault

Corey Batey testified that he was horrified when he saw on his cellphone explicit photos of him and a woman he'd never met before.
/ Source: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A former Vanderbilt football player charged with rape told a jury Monday that he can't remember a dorm room sexual assault that prosecutors say he and three of his teammates carried out. "I was just drunk out of my mind," Cory Batey testified. "This is something I would never do in my right state of mind. I'm just sorry." Batey told jurors that he was horrified when he saw on his cellphone explicit pictures of a woman he'd never met before in his life.

Batey was a 19-year-old who had just come out of his freshman year when he and three of his teammates were charged with raping an unconscious student in a dorm in June of 2013. The alleged victim in the case cried during his testimony and bent forward, prompting a court official to inquire if she was OK. She testified last week that she has no recollection of being sexually assaulted.

Batey and Brandon Vandenburg are standing trial this week. Both are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Two other former players who have not gone to trial yet are facing the same charges. Vandenburg additionally faces a charge of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. All four have pleaded not guilty.


— The Associated Press