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Update: Football player’s accuser recants

Posted at 12:40 PM, Aug 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-19 13:40:04-04

The woman accusing LSU football player Drake Davis of punching and grabbing her by the throat on multiple occasions is retracting the allegations, Davis’ attorney told our media partners at The Advocate.

Marci Blaize told the newspaper that her client’s accuser provided a statement retracting the allegations to her as well as law enforcement.

“I have been contacted by the victim and she has provided me a statement that the allegations are, in fact, false,” Blaize said. “It’s my understanding that she has also made similar statements to other entities in law enforcement.”

Blaize declined to provide a copy of that statement to The Advocate. It is not clear if the accuser has hired an attorney. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said he was unable to comment on if the woman retracted her statements to LSU police or not, but confirmed that police continue to investigate and have forwarded the case to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore.

“My understanding is that her statement to others has changed. … I don’t know the sum and substance of it totally,” Moore told The Advocate. “We will meet with her and continue to meet with her and look, it is not unusual for people who have been abused to change their story and … it’s something that we always have to be mindful of and take into account. This (investigation) really is ongoing.”

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