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Accused Vanderbilt football player blames gang rape on university’s culture of ‘sexual freedom’

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A former Vanderbilt University football player is blaming peer pressure and the school’s culture of “sexual freedom” for an incident in which he and several other men reportedly raped a woman’s unconscious body, urinated on her and posted photos and video of the event on social media.

According to Gawker
, Cory Batey does not deny that he took part in the dorm room assault on the unconscious woman, but his lawyers told Reuters that their client is not to blame, saying the assault was caused by “a campus culture of sexual freedom, promiscuity and excessive alcohol consumption.”

The victim testified in court on Thursday that she did not know what had happened to her until she was shown video of the football players attacking her.

The 21-year-old neuroscience major told the court that she was dating football player Brandon Vandenburg last year when the assault took place. The morning after a party, she woke up fully clothed in a strange bedroom. When she asked Vandenburg what had happened, he told her she had vomited on herself in a blackout and that he had cleaned her up and brought her there.

In fact, video evidence shows Vandenberg passing out condoms to his teammates and urging them to have intercourse with the victim, then allowing Batey to urinate on her.

Four players have been charged in the attack. Vandenberg and Batey’s trials are the first two to make it to court.

The AP reported that on Friday, Batey’s defense attorneys called neuropsychologist James Walker to the stand, who said that the “14 to 22” alcoholic drinks that Batey is estimated to have consumed clouded the player’s judgment.

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“Because he was this intoxicated, he was not his normal self,” Walker told the court. “He was doing things that he would not have done normally.”

Defense attorney Worrick Robinson asked Walker if the university’s environment was to blame, saying, “Is there anything in their culture that might influence the way they act or the way they think or the way they make decisions?”

“Yes, at that age peer pressure is critical,” Walker replied, “because you’re just going out on your own, you’re not fully an adult, you’re not fully a child…You tend to take on the behavior of people around you.”

According to his Vanderbilt athletic department bio, Batey turns 21 on Tuesday, meaning that he has legally been an adult for nearly three years.

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‘White woman problems’: Twitter stomps ‘lifestyle guru’ after she goes berserk over checkout glitch at Target

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A self-described "lifestyle guru" and TV host is coming under fire after she raged on Twitter about problems purchasing items at Target.

In a tweet on Saturday, Meaghan Mooney demanded Target "make good" after she was not able to immediately purchase a cart filled with goods.

"I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???" Mooney wrote. "And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?!"

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target pic.twitter.com/4KQTtdNv0M

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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