Woman who falsely accused two college football players of sexual assault is now being sued by them
Former Sacred Heart University football players Dhameer Bradley and Malik St. Hilaire have filed a lawsuit against schoolmate Nikki Yovino who had accused them of rape
Dhameer Bradley and Malik St. Hilaire, two former college football players at the Sacred Heart University who were falsely accused of rape by a fellow student, are now suing both her and the university which suspended them in the midst of the allegations.
20-year-old Nikki Yovino of South Setauket, New York is facing allegations including slander and infliction of emotional distress while the college has been accused of wrongly suspending them according to the lawsuit which was filed on October 10, Connecticut court records show.
"My life will never be the same." Victim who was falsely accused of rape speaks out during sentencing of Nikki Yovino. pic.twitter.com/h89FZezudj— Marcus Solis (@MarcusSolis7) August 23, 2018
Yovino had reported being raped by two school football players while she was attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, at an off-campus party in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in October 2016. The two were later identified as Dhameer Bradley and Malik St. Hilaire, Daily Mail reports.
However, according to Bradley and St. Hilaire, Yovino had consensual sex with them at the said party.
Law enforcement authorities later reported that she admitted that she didn't want to ruin her relationship with a potential boyfriend, and thus made up the allegations to safeguard the same.
In August, the 20-year-old was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading to false reporting of an incident and interfering with police work.
While the pair was never arrested, both had to withdraw from the school as they were facing possible discipline.
One of several eyerolls as judge sentences Nikki Yovino to a year in jail for falsely accusing two fellow Sacred Heart University students of rape in 2016. pic.twitter.com/uOcKp4QcQH— Marcus Solis (@MarcusSolis7) August 23, 2018
Yovino caught national attention when she appeared to roll her eyes and smirk during her sentencing as St. Hilaire read his victim impact statement in the courtroom.
"I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled with no way to clear my name," St. Hilaire said, according to Law & Crime. "I just hope she knows what she has done to me, my life will never be the same. I did nothing wrong, but everything has been altered because of this."