Kevin Olsen’s lawyer in rape trial questions accuser
On the afternoon earlier than she says Kevin Olsen raped her, his then girlfriend despatched the previous UNC Charlotte quarterback an ultimatum.
No extra dishonest, she wrote in a collection of textual content messages.
“Child, yet another time … you’re courting me and solely me. I refuse to share,” she wrote, in line with copies of the messages offered in the course of the second day of Olsen’s rape trial. “It is advisable take into consideration how a lot you need this. That is the final likelihood I can provide.”
Olsen’s responded: “Child, I perceive. I received’t allow you to down.”
About 12 hours later, the previous UNC Charlotte pupil mentioned a drunken Olsen, who’s a foot taller and outweighed her on the time by virtually 100 kilos, first beat then raped her within the bed room of the off-campus house he shared with 4 different 49er soccer gamers. She mentioned the assaults adopted an evening of heavy consuming by the pair, which bottomed out again at Olsen’s home when she mentioned he tried to strangle himself with a cellphone charger wire.
After the alleged assaults, in line with her testimony, she waited for Olsen to go to sleep earlier than placing on a few of his garments and fleeing to the bed room of one in all his roommates.
Olsen is being tried on three counts of second-degree rape, amongst different sexual assault costs. If convicted by the 9 males and three ladies of his jury, the 23-year-old brother of Panthers tight finish Greg Olsen faces as much as 10 years in jail for every rape depend.
Based mostly on the opening days of testimony, the trial will unfold towards a backdrop of a school social scene outlined by intercourse, texts, infidelity, heavy consuming, and on this case, an alleged outbreak of violence.
Olsen’s accuser, now 25 and dwelling in Winston-Salem, spent components of two days on the witness stand, describing her tumultuous relationship with the previous athlete in extremely intimate element whereas the households of each watched from the entrance rows of the Mecklenburg courtroom.
The Observer doesn’t determine the alleged victims of sexual violence, and Superior Court docket Choose Karen Eady-Williams has banned reporters from photographing or videoing Olsen’s accuser whereas she is within the courtroom. Any audio recordings that includes her testimony should additionally alter her voice.
On Tuesday, she underwent two hours of pointed questioning from Olsen’s lead legal professional, George Laughrun, who challenged her allegations, her credibility and her motives for bringing costs towards the person she mentioned she had as soon as hoped to marry.
Laughrun additionally highlighted what he argued have been a collection of factual discrepancies in what the accuser’s testimony on Monday in comparison with what she earlier advised police and UNCC investigators.
For instance, the girl advised the jury on Monday that Olsen penetrated her thrice with out her consent in the course of the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 2017. Based on the next campus sexual assault investigation, the girl mentioned Olsen and her had intercourse 4 occasions, and that she had participated within the remaining act.
“You didn’t inform police that, did you?” Laughrun mentioned. “You didn’t inform this jury, did you?”
“I didn’t,” the girl replied.
Laughrun tried to painting the accuser as being determined to remain within the relationship, exhibiting the jury dozens of texts she continued to ship Olsen even after the alleged assaults.
In an earlier textual content message learn to the jury, the girl mentioned she hoped to be the identical form of spouse to Kevin Olsen as Greg Olsen’s spouse has been for him.
“You liked him, however you liked the place he took you. Isn’t that proper?” Laughrun mentioned. “You appreciated going to Panthers’ video games. You appreciated being within the field … You appreciated going house with him for Christmas. You appreciated hanging out together with his household.
“And it was all slipping away, wasn’t it?
The accuser shot again: “If I actually needed to stick with him due to his household, I might have gotten again in his mattress that evening and by no means left.”
At occasions, the exchanges turned much more biting.
Laughrun homed in on what the accuser had described as her preliminary confusion over whether or not a sexual assault had even occurred: a textual content she despatched to a good friend by which she mentioned Olsen was not a rapist.
He additionally questioned why she initially believed she couldn’t have been raped by somebody she was courting regardless of having accomplished a UNCC class solely weeks earlier than that included instruction on wholesome relationships and sexual assault.
“I used to be in love and in denial … it was very onerous strolling away from him,” the accuser mentioned, including that she had needed to assist Olsen take care of his private issues of alcohol and drug abuse.
“You’re attempting to assist him by happening to the police station and accusing him of rape?” Laughrun fired again. “Him going to jail, that might be serving to him?”
In one other trade, Laughrun questioned the accuser’s account on what truly occurred in Olsen’s bed room. If all of what you say is true — from Olsen’s tried suicide to the alleged beating and rapes — why did none of Olsen’s roommates or their girlfriends come to Olsen’s bed room to ask, “Is all the things OK in there?”
“Clearly nobody else in the home heard it,” she mentioned.
Possibly there was one other clarification, Laughrun supplied: That not one of the occasions she described occurred in any respect.
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