Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Torii Hunter's son seeking $40 million in lawsuit

Torii Hunter's son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, has filed a lawsuit for $40 million in damages from those who accused the 17-year-old of sexual assault last year. Torii took a leave of absence from the Los Angeles Angels last season to be by his son's side in this case. Hunter is currently an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.

Hunter's attorney Larry Friedman, says there is also the possibility of legal action against the Prosper (Texas) Police Department, which, Friedman claims, "investigated a crime that didn't exist for over a year after the accuser recanted her complaint."

Two girls said in May 2012 that McClinton-Hunter and three other boys from Prosper (Texas) High School forced them to have sex, but the girl who made the allegations against McClinton-Hunter recanted her statement less than 48 hours later. In February, a grand jury declined to indict McClinton-Hunter. 

One of the other boys was indicted on a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. The case is pending.

The lawsuit, filed in Collin County, Texas, seeks to "recover damages against the girls and the parents of the girls who made the false accusations of sexual assault against Darius that falsely branded as a 'criminal,' ruined his reputation, sent him to an Alternative School for a year, got him kicked off the Prosper High School Football Team and banned from High School Sports."

In my personal opinion the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I don't know the facts of the case so I won't go and say the girls are lying or say that it was consensual. But if one has recanted her statement there is some truth to both sides of the story.

It's a ridiculous amount of money Hunter is seeking, but I do agree that false rape allegations and the like should be punished harshly. This is a period of time, unfortunately, where men and women are not equal, but opposite of the way it had been for centuries.

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