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Former UO basketball player accused of rape sues school for $7.5 million

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Brandon Austin, former University of Oregon basketball player Brandon Austin, former University of Oregon basketball player

A former University of Oregon basketball player accused of raping a student has filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the school claiming he was not provided due process and administrators have diminished his chances of earning a multi-million dollar NBA contract.

The lawsuit was filed by Brandon Austin in Lane County Circuit Court.

Austin, along with teammates Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis, were dismissed from the basketball team and suspended from school following the allegations that surfaced in March 2014.

The woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by the three players in a bathroom at a party and later at an apartment. The three players told investigators the sexual contact was consensual.

The Lane County district attorney's office declined to press criminal charges, saying there was not enough evidence to prove a crime had been committed beyond a reasonable doubt.

Austin's lawsuit states the university refused to allow him to subpoena witnesses who would be supportive of his defense, refused to provide unredacted reports, refused to provide a contested case hearing, refused to allow cross-examination, refused to provide due process and "engineered a 'kangaroo court' hearing with the purpose of finding that Mr. Austin committed a sexual assault that did not in reality occur."

The lawsuit claims Austin was "widely projected to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, which would more likely than not be accompanied by a multi-million dollar contract and tens of millions of dollars in prospective economic advantage."

Austin transferred to the University of Oregon from Providence College, where he had been suspended from the basketball team due to sexual assault allegations.

"Providence pleaded with Mr. Austin to stay, but Mr. Austin chose to transfer from Providence to University of Oregon," the lawsuit alleges.

University spokesman Tobin Klinger says UO is confident that Austin was afforded "fair and consistent due process," according to the Associated Press. He says the university will vigorously defend itself.

The university previously settled a lawsuit with the female student who said she was sexually assaulted. She received $800,000 and had all costs for tuition, housing and other fees waived for four years.

That January 2015 lawsuit alleged the school and head coach Dana prioritized the performance of the basketball team over taking action on the alleged assault by the athletes and that Altman continued to recruit Austin from Providence College despite his being suspended amid accusations of sexual assault there.

Altman was dropped from the lawsuit prior to the settlement.

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