Lawsuit Filed After UCF Fraternity Members Posted Sexual Content Online Without Consent
A fraternity from the University of Central Florida is being sued after the members allegedly posted videos of naked women to a secret Facebook page without the women’s knowledge or consent.
The fraternity, as well as four other fraternity brothers, are being sued after a student in Arizona allegedly discovered that her ex-boyfriend, a member of the fraternity, had shared a video containing sexual content of her.
The video allegedly was shared in a secret Facebook group by the name of “Dog Pound.”
The woman is represented by Michael Avenatti, the same lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels in the lawsuit against President Donald Trump. The suit was filed June 18 in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.
UCF released the following statement,”The university has suspended the fraternity and prohibited it from participating in all activities during our investigation. These allegations are contrary to our core values. Although UCF is not a party to the suit, we take this very seriously.”
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