Originally created 11/27/03

State challenges addition to UGA rape lawsuit

ATLANTA -- Georgia's attorney general is challenging an addition to the lawsuit filed by a former University of Georgia student who says she was sexually assaulted on campus by three UGA athletes.

In the federal lawsuit, filed in August, the student claimed she was sexually assaulted in January 2002 by basketball teammates Tony Cole and Steven Thomas and football player Brandon Williams in Cole's McWhorter Hall dorm room.

A Clarke County jury found Williams innocent of rape charges in August 2002. Criminal charges against Cole and Thomas were then dropped.

An amendment to the lawsuit argued that UGA President Michael Adams and athletic director Vince Dooley were responsible for the alleged attack and that the university erred in offering a scholarship to Cole - who had a history that involved sexual misconduct.

The state's response, filed Monday, calls the amended complaint "redundant, immaterial, impertinent, scandalous and futile."


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