A former Coppin State basketball participant has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the college, naming key workers, together with head coach Juan Dixon.
Ibn Williams says Dixon didn’t act when Willaims disclosed that Lucien Brownlee, a director of participant improvement, was allegedly tormenting and harassing him into sexual acts.
The go well with claims Williams is aware of “by info and perception” that Brownlee is behind an elaborate sexual assault scheme. Williams says he despatched somebody he believed to be a lady sexual photographs of himself underneath the guise of a budding romance.
However the catfisher quickly become a blackmailer, threatening to make use of the photographs except Williams fulfilled deviant requests. When Williams refused to adjust to requests, the blackmailer leaked the sexual images to the workers and staff, per the go well with.
Right here’s What The Lawsuit Says Occurred:
The lawsuit doesn’t primarily goal Dixon however argues that he was negligent in defending Williams. It additionally named Coppin State College, the College System of Maryland, Lucien Brownlee, athletic director Derek Carter and the state of Maryland. Williams reportedly filed the lawsuit final week, in line with Baltimore Brew–who broke the story.
Although the blackmailer claims to be a 3rd celebration, Williams strongly believes Brownlee is behind all of it. The catfish communication started throughout Williams’ first semester within the fall of 2018. By the tip of it, the catfisher turned a blackmailer. They allegedly demanded Williams comply with any requests or threat his non-public conversations and pictures being uncovered.
“In worry of shedding his place within the basketball program, his tuition and room, and board funds he was promised by Coppin State College, Plaintiff continued to answer the particular person messaging him in an more and more futile try and appease his tormentor,” the lawsuit states.
By the tip of the spring semester of 2019, Lucien Brownlee informed Williams that the blackmailer additionally had photographs of him. On the time, Brownlee was a senior who was going to return as workers the next semester, per Baltimore Brew.
After that dialog, Williams started receiving requests to interact in sexual acts with Brownlee, however the athlete refused at first. Within the fall semester, the threats ramped up once more. The blackmailer, understanding Brownlee’s availability, requested a video of Williams and Brownlee participating in oral intercourse.
“Within the face of the specter of publicity and lack of his place within the basketball program and its monetary help and with the insistence and urging of Coach Brownlee, Plaintiff acquiesced,” the lawsuit states.
In early December, the blackmailer alerted Williams that Brownlee was going to rearrange a sexual encounter between them. Williams ignored the request. As the times handed, extra requests for sexual movies rolled in, and the blackmailer rejected a solo video Williams despatched. The blackmailer insisted Williams have interaction in intercourse with Brownlee–right through March 2020.
How Is Juan Dixon Concerned?
In an try and distance himself from the blackmailer, Williams disclosed a distinct allegation to his household. He shared his discomfort with “the unchecked use of unlawful medication and inappropriate habits of members of the basketball program” throughout away video games. In response, his father arrange a gathering with head coach Dixon to debate the drug points.
Williams advised a switch, however the go well with says Dixon “was adamant that [Williams] ought to stick with this system” regardless of being “helpless to deal with the drug difficulty in any significant means.”
When Williams returned to campus within the fall of 2020, the blackmail began once more. When Williams paid the requests no consideration, alleged blackmailer Brownlee launched the photographs to the workers, staff, and public in November 2020. The go well with says that the next day Dixon known as Williams to follow, the place they spoke about Brownlee.
“Defendant Juan Dixon admitted to the plaintiff that Lucien Brownlee was mentally ailing or in any other case emotionally imbalanced and that his historical past was identified to the Coach, Derek Carter, and the college,” the go well with states. “Defendant Dicon once more confirmed his consciousness of the Coach Brownlee’s instability later that very same night in a cellphone name to Plaintiff’s brother nad father the place Defendant Dixon repeated that Lucien was “sick” and had a “troubled background.”
How Did The College Reply To Williams’ Disclosure?
Williams took his story to the college after Dixon allegedly didn’t take any motion in opposition to Brownlee. However the go well with alleges Coppin State prompted additional emotional misery by neglecting to deal with him like a sufferer of sexual assault. As a substitute, the go well with claims, he was questioned about his previous sexual experiences and orientation.
The lawsuit accuses the college and its teaching workers of being negligent with how they “employed, supervised and managed these in positions of authority throughout the basketball program.” Moreover, it suggests the college retaliated in opposition to him by terminating housing and tuition help when Williams disclosed his sexual assault.
Williams is looking for joint or separate damages from the defendants, together with Dixon.
No phrase but from the top coach, who can be extensively identified from Actual Housewives of Potomac alongside together with his spouse Robyn Dixon.
The college informed Baltimore Brew they don’t talk about pending litigation.