Judge Rejects 'Traumatizing' Deposition that Might Exonerate Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Assault
An anonymous male student expelled from Amherst College for sexual assault sued the college, claiming that he is innocent. The student says there is clear evidence supporting his claim, but the judge overseeing his lawsuit blocked the accused's attempt to subpoena his female accuser's text messages on the grounds that re-litigating the matter "would impose emotional and psychological trauma" on her.
"This judge, in my opinion, is an accessory after the fact to this woman's vicious lie," Stuart Taylor, co-author of the book The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities, told PJ Media. He scoffed at the idea that the accuser — whom his book calls "Alice Stanton" — suffers from "trauma" because of the lies she told about the accused — whom the book refers to as "Michael Cheng."
"What trauma?" Taylor said. "The trauma of making up a lie?"
The case traces back to the early morning of February 5, 2012. The evening before, Cheng — who was Stanton's roommate's boyfriend — had been drinking heavily. Even Amherst admitted that he was "black out drunk." Cheng's girlfriend was out of town, and Stanton, who had been heavily flirting with another man "with a military trained bod," started making out with him in public. The two left for Stanton's room.
Then Stanton reportedly engaged in oral sex with Cheng, who had passed out due to intoxication. (He later recalled that he remembered nothing of the act.) Cheng then left, and Stanton texted the man with the "military trained bod."
After this first sex act, Stanton sent text messages to a third party, expressing remorse after having sex with her roommate's boyfriend. "Ohmygod I jus did something so fuckig stupid [sic]," she texted. She added that "it's pretty obvi I wasn't an innocent bystander." She also added, "dirty talk comparing me to my roommate should NOT DO THINGS FOR ME."
Stanton later texted that the man she had been flirting with earlier — the one with the "military trained bod" — who came to her room. Nevertheless, she complained that he was "just talking" to her. "Like, hot girl in a slutty dress. Make. Your. Move." Later, she texted, "Ohmygod action did not happen til 5 in the fucking morning."
Naturally, there was a great deal of drama after that night — Cheng broke up with his girlfriend and Stanton's roommate slept elsewhere for a time. But Stanton did not call the police to report sexual assault, and she did not approach Amherst's Title IX office either.
Almost a full two years later, after Stanton befriended "victims' rights" advocates, she came to the "realization" that Cheng had sexually assaulted her. Stanton complained to the school's Title IX office. In her complaint, Stanton argued that she had withdrawn her consent because she was repulsed by Cheng's sexual innuendo referencing her roommate. (A claim laughable on its face given her own text messages.)