Madison Brooks case pushes LSU president to slam Baton Rouge bar after alleged rape, student death

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The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bar where dead LSU student Madison Brooks and the four men accused of rape crimes allegedly drank against her is now under fire, with a university official declaring, “This is a call to action.” there is time.”

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LSU President William F. “He should not have been taken from us in this way,” Tate IV wrote in a recent statement. “What happened to her was evil, and our legal system will pervert justice.”

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Brooks, 19, died after being hit by a car on the morning of January 15 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Four people, including a minor, have been charged in connection with the events leading up to her death.

LSU student Madison Brooks case: Four men accused of rape

Specifically, the 17-year-old, who has not been identified, and 18-year-old Cavon Dondre Washington were charged with third-degree rape. Two others, Everett Deonte Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, were charged with third-degree rape as the theory.

In Louisiana, according to state law, third-degree rape includes sexual intercourse that is “perceived without the lawful consent of the victim”.

An LSU spokesperson confirmed that none of the four suspects were students of the university.

The driver is not being charged over the incident, according to a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, which said the person driving the car was not impaired and contacted emergency personnel immediately.

In a statement released Monday by the university, Tate wrote that Brooks was “an amazing young woman with limitless potential.”

He said, “Our collective grief and outrage cannot be expressed in words. So what can we do? It is time for action.” “One place to get our attention is the place where this encounter started.”

LSU sorority student Madison Brooks, 19, was fatally struck by a car on January 15, shortly after she was allegedly raped.

Documents related to the four arrests describe how the suspect and victim were drinking at a bar on Bob Pettit Boulevard called Reggie’s, which is located about a mile from the LSU campus. Tate did not specifically name Reggie in the statement.

Reggie did not immediately respond to a message from Fox News Digital seeking comment.

Baton Rouge police officers and sheriff’s deputies are seen Tuesday afternoon at Reggie’s.

Ernest Legere Jr., commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, told Fox News Digital that alcohol sales at Reggie’s have been suspended.

“Louisiana ATC Baton Rouge is working with ABC and local law enforcement to investigate and share evidence regarding the recent incidents at this establishment. Due to the seriousness of the allegations and the potential threat to public safety, today an emergency The suspension will be issued.” Legere said. “This action immediately suspends the service or sale of alcoholic beverages at this location. Following the presentation of evidence, an emergency hearing will be held next month to determine what penalties (if any) should be imposed.”

From left to right: Kesson Carver, Cavon Deondre Washington and Everett Deonte Lee

According to police records, the four men left the bar with the victim. Carver reportedly told police that Brooks “asked for a ride home.” ,[H]E admitted that he agreed to give her a ride because he didn’t want to drop her off because he was too drunk and the bar was closing.”

Carver drove the vehicle while Lee sat in the front passenger seat, Carver told police. Washington and the minor suspect sat in the back seat with Brooks, according to police documents. The affidavit states that Carver told police that both Washington and the 17-year-old asked Brooks several times “if she wanted to have sex.” According to the affidavit, he said he consented to Washington and the 17-year-old girl, but added that “he thought the victim was ‘drunk’ and had a slurred speech.”

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General view of Reggie's Bar on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.
Investigators are seen outside Reggie's Bar on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.
Investigators are seen outside Reggie's Bar on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.
Investigators are seen outside Reggie's Bar on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.

He told police that he and Lee were still in the vehicle at the time of the sexual acts, the affidavit states, but “he felt uncomfortable and he ‘hated it,’” the documents say.

“During the interview, the co-respondent (Carver) was asked whether the victim was too impaired to consent to sexual intercourse and replied, ‘I guess,’” the document continues.

LSU sorority student Madison Brooks, 19, was fatally struck by a car on January 15, shortly after she was allegedly raped.

In his Monday statement, Tate wrote that three of the four suspects were underage “yet able to consume alcohol at a local bar.” Brooks was also a minor.

“As such, our action plan begins with an intense and sustained focus on any establishment that benefits our students by providing alcohol to underage individuals,” he wrote. “In the coming days, we will convene a meeting with these business owners to discuss how their responsibilities directly affect the safety of our students.”

LSU sorority student Madison Brooks, 19, was fatally struck by a car on January 15, shortly after she was allegedly raped.

Tate said: “We will work openly against any business that does not join in our efforts to create a safe environment for our students. Enough is enough.”

Police records show that Brooks had a blood alcohol content of 0.319% at the time of his death.

Attorney Ronald Haley, who is representing the two suspects, said the video showed Brooks “getting into the car,” according to Fox 8.

“Not rape at all,” he said. “Listen, this is a tragedy, definitely not a crime.”

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According to the report, he acknowledged that Brooks appeared to be intoxicated.

He said, “Under the law you say you are in a state of intoxication, to such an extent that you cannot legally consent or answer questions? That was absolutely not the case.”

Haley further stated that Brooks exited the vehicle after an argument with the driver.

“He indicated he was recovering,” Haley said. “I want the public to know, these youths or indeed the driver of the vehicle and the youths that were there, did not leave her on the side of the road.”

LSU sorority student Madison Brooks, 19, was fatally struck by a car on January 15, shortly after she was allegedly raped.
Investigators are seen outside Reggie's Bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.
General view of Reggie's Bar on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.
General view of Reggie's Bar on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The bar is reportedly one of the last places LSU student Madison Brooks was seen before her death on January 15.

Carver’s attorney, Joseph Long, told Nola.com that what happened to Brooks was “a tragedy, but not a crime.”

Long continued, “When all the evidence becomes known, everyone will see that this was not a crime.”

Landon Mione of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

Madison Brooks case pushes LSU president to slam Baton Rouge bar after alleged rape, student death

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