The PJ Tatler

Lawyer Claims 13 Girls Framed a Fellow Student for Rape 'To Teach Him a Lesson'

From The Independent:

Lawyers for a 19-year-old accused of sexually assaulting several girls at his former school have claimed the alleged victims lied about the accusations and decided to “teach him a lesson” after being inspired by a Hollywood movie.

Tyler Kost appeared in court on Monday after being arrested last year when he was accused of a series of sexual crimes against 13 girls aged between 13 and 17. The Associated Press said that most of the girls were former classmates at his school in Arizona.

But lawyers filed documents with the court that included a group Facebook chat where three of the accusers and three witnesses made plans to target Mr Kost and referred to the movie John Tucker Must Die, in which ex-girlfriends take revenge on a former boyfriend. The exchange happened weeks before the women accused Mr Kost of sexual assault.

The defense is in possession of some of the social media records, but they say they need access to more in order to see how far the conspiracy to frame Kost went. However, Facebook privacy policies only allow law enforcement to request the records and the prosecutor says it’s “not the state’s job to go on a fishing expedition for the defense.”

“Quite frankly the fact that the state is refusing to get any additional social media records is concerning. It’s shocking. Based on what we’ve uncovered so far they should be dismissing several charges. Instead they are digging their heels in and they are refusing to give us anything additional,” defense attorney Michael Alarid said.

Meanwhile, Kost, who has been in jail for a year, remains in custody, quite possibly another victim of the fake rape culture.