The 18-year-old woman who accused former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza and two other San Diego State University players of gang-raping her as a minor said she was left bleeding after the alleged assault took place at an off-campus party in October.
In an interview with CBS News, the unnamed woman said her phone was taken from her and her piercings were ripped out when Araiza, 22, and two of his college teammates, Zaver Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko, allegedly assaulted her for more than an hour last year. The incident allegedly happened on Oct. 17 at a Halloween party at a home where Araiza had been living.
“I reported it the day after it happened. I was 17 years old, and I had no idea who Matt Araiza was,” the woman said, as her face was hidden during the on-camera interview. CBS News showed photos of the victim’s neck and legs, which held bruises.
“I was crying, and my friend asked me what happened. And I told her, ‘I had just been raped.’”
According to CBS News, the woman wrote in her journal the next day: “All I keep replaying in my mind is being face down in a random bed just waiting for it to be over.”
In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, the victim claims she went in and out of consciousness during the alleged incident. Araiza was released by the Bills two days later, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane announced Saturday.
“I was having to deal with this horrible traumatic experience that I never asked for,” the woman said.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jenna Lemoncelli