The 16-year-old accuser in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial took the stand this afternoon, saying she was “embarrassed and scared” after hearing about the night she was allegedly sexually assaulted by two high school football players.
“I honestly did not know what to think because I didn’t remember anything,” she testified.
The accuser said the last thing she remembers that night was “walking outside of [the first] house and down the steps and that’s it.”
After the accuser’s testimony, the defense and prosecution rested and gave their closing arguments, and the judge said there would be a verdict Sunday at 10 a.m.
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She said she drank a slushie she spiked with Smirnoff vodka, a Smirnoff malt beverage, and a shot of vodka that night. She said she knew she felt drunk and was not acting like herself.
The next morning, the girl said, she woke up naked next to 17-year-old Trent Mays, one of the two defendants, at the house of a boy she had never met, but knew of. She said she asked where her clothing was, but was unable to retrieve her underwear, shoes, or earrings.
The girl said she never met Ma’lik Richmond, 16, the other defendant.
Prosecutors accuse Richmond and Mays of using their fingers to vaginally penetrate the girl at an alcohol-fueled party in Steubenville on the night of Aug. 11, as other teenagers watched. Mays is also accused of later sending text messages that included photographs of the girl with her clothing removed and is charged with distributing nude images of a minor.
Brian Duncan, a lawyer representing Mays, said simply: “Trent Mays did not rape the young lady in question.”
Richmond, in an exclusive interview recently with “20/20″ anchor Elizabeth Vargas, said, “I didn’t rape anybody. I didn’t witness a rape going on.”
“And if I would have thought that somebody was being raped or anything like that, I would have stopped it,” he said.
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The alleged victim said her mother picked her up from a friend’s house later that day. She said she told her she could not remember anything from the night before and didn’t know where her phone was.
The girl said she saw tweets regarding what had happened at the party the night of the alleged attack, but said she “didn’t know what to believe.”
Eventually, a friend sent her a picture of herself from the night, she said. In the picture, she is seen nude and lying on her side. She said she did not remember the photo being taken or giving permission for it to be taken.
She was also shown a second photo on the stand where she is seen lying naked on her stomach. When asked if she remembered it being taken, she began crying.
“How does that photo make you feel?” the prosecutor asked her.
“Not good,” the accuser said.
The girl testified that she eventually found out what happened that night through communicating via text message with an eyewitness, who told her that 18-year-old former Ohio State University student Michael Nodianos had made a 12-minute YouTube video making fun of her. When she went to watch it online, she could only stomach one minute of the video, she said.
“Honestly, I was praying everything I heard wasn’t true. I thought everyone would blame me,” she said.
On Aug. 13, the alleged victim testified she was taken to the hospital by her aunt and mother. She said she did not want to give her name, and said she doesn’t remember using the word rape while she was there.
She said the nurse at the hospital told her that a rape kit would be a waste since it was a day after the alleged attack happened.