San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been accused of sexual assault by the same woman who claimed former 49ers player Ray McDonald raped her.
The allegation was included in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County against the two players. The woman alleges Brooks groped her in an unconscious state at McDonald's home before McDonald carried her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulted her.
McDonald, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears, sued the woman in a defamation case in March, claiming that they had consensual sex and her allegations had put him in “false light.” At the time McDonald filed the lawsuit against the woman, his mother stood behind him, saying that the woman “had lied on him.”
The 49ers released McDonald in December when the allegations against him surfaced. The team's general manager Trent Baalke cited a "pattern of behavior" in the team's decision to cut ties with him. No charges were filed against McDonald at that time.
The woman's suit comes in response to McDonald's defamation suit, the woman's high-profile attorney Gloria Allred said Wednesday during a press conference in Los Angeles. Allred said her client has also filed an anti-SLAPP lawsuit against McDonald, who she accused of bullying her client.
"We believe Mr. McDonald filed the lawsuit to intimidate her," Allred said, adding that they wanted the civil defamation suit dismissed with sanctions against McDonald. "Our client is determined to fight Mr. McDonald."
Allred asked the media not to name her client, who is 22 years old and resides in California. Her client, however, went on camera so that the public could see her. Her name is also part of a civil lawsuit.
The anti-SLAPP lawsuit, Allred said, had been filed to send the message to McDonald that he could not sue her client for reporting an alleged rape to police.
"All alleged rape victims should know they cannot be bullied against for reporting to police if they believe a crime has been committed against them," she said. "We will not allow NFL football players to intimidate those who allege they are rape victims."
In the lawsuit, the woman says she slipped and fell on a “negligently maintained, dangerously slippery deck” near the swimming pool and struck her head, suffering a traumatic brain injury which knocked her unconscious for more than eight minutes.
She alleges that McDonald believed her to be dead, did not call 911 and told others he “did not want a dead female to be found on his property.”
The woman alleges that Brooks groped her in a sexual manner while she was unconscious.
In her lawsuit, the woman claims that McDonald then carried her upstairs to his bedroom, removed her clothes and engaged in unconsented touching and sex. The lawsuit asks for damages from McDonald and Brooks for assault and battery and infliction of emotional distress, among other things.
Brooks agent Gregory Williams told The Associated Press he was just learning of the allegations and did not immediately have a comment. McDonald could not be immediately reached for comment.
Baalke released a statement, saying: "The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the media report regarding Ahmad Brooks. We were disappointed to learn of this matter and will continue to monitor the situation."