Oregon sexual assault accuser settles lawsuit

The female student who accused three Oregon Ducks basketball players of rape settled her lawsuit Tuesday afternoon. Terrence Payne of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported the settlement.

Per the woman’s attorney, the case was settled for $800,000, plus free tuition and a change in how the school will treat transfers with “disciplinary issues” going forward. The woman then offered a statement to NBC Sports.

“I am so glad to have this case behind me today and to be able to focus on my studies,” the woman said in a statement released by her attorney to NBCSports.com. “I am very grateful for the outpouring of support that I have received from students, faculty, and other organizations. The response from the UO community has been remarkable and I know that the increased awareness around these issues on our campus can only serve to help us. I would be remiss to not specifically thank the Dean of Students Office and my therapist from the UCTC and other UCTC personnel for their continued assistance throughout this experience. Without those services, it would have been very difficult to stay in school here during these events and for that I am very grateful.”

The three players, Demyean Dotson, Brandon Austin and Dominic Artis, were dismissed from the university back in May 2014. Dotson has since committed to Houston, Artis is headed to UTEP and Austin, who has not played a minute of Division I basketball and was accused of sexual assault at Providence in 2013, spent last season playing junior college ball at Northwest Florida State College. The suit alleged that Ducks head coach Dana Altman and other university higher-ups knew of Austin’s issues and let him transfer to the program regardless.

Hopefully, this will finally be the end of the saga and the players involved, not to mention the young woman, can move forward from it.

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