Attorney: Learner was bullied into role in dormitory rape

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 2:18 PM

In opening statements Monday, attorney Katie Hagan said trial jurors should define if Brandon Banks was acting below duress.

Attorney: Learner was bullied into role in dormitory rape

A defense attorney says an ex-Vanderbilt football player charged with raping an unconscious female learner in a dorm room in two thousand-thirteenth was pressured and bullied into participating.

In opening statements Monday, attorney Katie Hagan said trial jurors should define if Brandon Banks was acting under duress.

Helper District Attorney January Norman said Monday that a video shows Banks assaulted the learner with a water bottle. She said Banks' cellphone contained twenty-three of forty-one photos of the assault.

Two of the four players charged have been convicted and sentenced to prison following jury trials. Prosecutors said the victim will testify again. She's testified in multiple trials and sentencings.

Banks is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The 23-year-old has pleaded not guilty.

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