Ex-Yale basketball star expelled for sexual misconduct is suing the university

Former Yale men’s basketball captain Jack Montague, who was expelled in February after sexual-misconduct allegations, has filed a civil lawsuit against Yale University.

The suit also names deputy Title IX coordinators, Angel Gleason and Jason Killheffer as co-defendants.

Until Thursday, details have remained scant about the sexual-misconduct allegations that led to Montague’s expulsion.

The complaint claims that Montague was “Yale’s poster boy for tough enforcement of its Sexual Misconduct Policies.”

It outlines a sexual relationship between Montague and an anonymous female student who engaged in three separate instances of consensual sex, including one instance of intercourse, with Montague, and a fourth of alleged nonconsensual intercourse.

Montague was expelled in February 2016, the spring semester of his senior year, for the incident, which occurred in October 2014.

The suit alleges that the female student, being called Jane Roe to protect her privacy, initially did not want to file a formal complaint against Montague, but Gleason misled and coerced her into participating in the process.

Condensing one of the main arguments of the lawsuit, a public statement from Montague’s legal team reads:

Title IX Coordinator Angela Gleason, whom Roe sought out for support and advice, falsely informed Roe that she could not remain anonymous or keep the process informal (the two things Roe explicitly requested). The reason Gleason gave to Roe was also patently false: Montague, said Gleason, had already been the subject of a complaint of sexual assault and had already received related training, so repeat training was not an option for him.

The suit goes on to claim that while Montague received “gender sensitivity” training for an incident his freshman year, the complaint wasn’t sexual in nature. Specifically, Montague shoved a rolled up paper plate down the shirt of a female student, according to the suit.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut, also makes an allegation of Title IX discrimination, claiming that Montague, as a male, was a victim of gender inequality.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial and seeks Montague’s reinstatement into Yale, the reopening of proceedings against him, the removal of sexual misconduct from his record, and the awarding of monetary damages.

“The lawsuit is factually inaccurate and legally baseless, and Yale will offer a vigorous defence,”
Yale spokesperson Tom Conroy told Business Insider via email.

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