The woman who says Jacob Anderson raped her at a 2016 party wants the Phi Delta Theta fraternity to pay.
Originally charged with sexual assault, Jacob Anderson and prosecutors agreed on a lesser charge of unlawful restraint.
This triggered his accuser to file a civil lawsuit for more than $1 million against Anderson and members of his former fraternity Phi Delta Theta, and also against the women who owns the home where Anderson’s accuser claims the rape took place.
The fraternity party where the woman who claimed the sexual assault happened was held at a house owned by Jennette Hunicutt.
“It was sort of held back to not interfere with criminal proceedings. It just sort of just sat around waiting for that to be over. Obviously that was over at the end of 2018. And so, now the case….is now beginning to move forward,” says Jim Dunnam, attorney for Dunnam & Dunnam.
The lawsuit claims the fraternity failed to have adequate policies and procedures in place to monitor their guests’ alcohol consumption.
It also said it failed to properly, and in a timely fashion, report claims of sexual assault.
Dunnam says Thursday’s hearing is just one of the steps in the process.
The lawsuit lists 26 defendants.
Only a few defendants showed at Thursday’s hearing, saying they have no opposition for a protective order.
“At some point, the judge will set a trial date for the case and will set various deadlines for the parties to comply with. We have to get this done in at a certain date, this by a certain date, that is the next step,” Dunnam explains.
There is currently no trial date set for this case.