In a report by USA Today’s Nancy Armour and Kenny Jacobs, two former LSU female students allege they were raped by Derrius Guice while he was a freshman at LSU.
The women claim they reported the incidents to “at least two” football coaches, an athletics official and a nurse at the student health center. Per the report, it does not appear that the university investigated the claims made by the women.
Neither woman reported the incident to campus police or the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Guice’s attorney, Peter Greenspun, released a statement denying the accusations.
“At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student athlete at LSU,” Greenspun said. “To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature and timing of what is being alleged years later.”
Guice was released by the Washington Football Team Aug. 7 after Guice turned himself in on charges stemming from a domestic violence incident. Guice was charged with three counts of assault and battery, one count of destruction of property, and a felony strangulation count.
USA Today began working on its report Aug. 3, and in January, interviewed one of the women Guice allegedly assaulted. That woman, who is a former tennis player at LSU, has joined other female college athletes in levying a lawsuit against the NCAA for failing to act on reports of sexual violence by athletes on member campuses. Her account is documented in the lawsuit.
The former tennis player and Guice lived at the same apartment complex. She alleges she and Guice met at a bar near campus in June 2016. She said that night she was “very drunk” and that Guice gave her and a friend a ride home from the bar. Guice was allowed to come over to the woman’s home, where the assault allegedly took place. The woman’s father, who was aware of the alleged assault, says he approached LSU women’s tennis head coach Julia Sell about the incident. The father says that Sell told him “I don’t believe her.”
The woman later met with an attorney working with the Washington Football Team. The two met on Aug. 6, the day before Guice surrendered himself to authorities, and talked for three and a half hours via Zoom.
The other woman Guice allegedly assaulted said Guice invited himself over to a party she was hosting at her apartment. The woman went to her bedroom and went to sleep. When she woke the next morning she knew she had been assaulted and believed Guice was responsible. Guice had put his phone number into her list of contacts.
At the time the other woman was dating a redshirt freshman LSU football player. A year after the alleged incident occurred, the player says he and Ed Orgeron discussed the matter unprompted and Orgeron said he shouldn’t be too bothered by it. The player claims Orgeron told him “everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people.”
After the alleged assault happens, the other woman sought care at the student health center. She told a nurse that she wasn’t going to report the attack and she says the nurse felt that was for the best. “(Guice) is like a god around here,” the woman recalls the nurse saying. “It would probably get pushed under the rug.”
Neither interim LSU president Tom Galligan nor the LSU athletic department offered any comments beyond the statement the university gave to USA Today. Coaches were not made available for comment.
“LSU and LSU Athletics take all accusations of sexual assault with the utmost seriousness,” LSU said. “Formal complaints are promptly and fully investigated and the rights and privacy of students are protected as stipulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Complainants are also strongly encouraged to report the offense to law enforcement and are provided information on health care, counseling and supportive measures available.”