A white former college student in Connecticut who confessed to making up rape allegations against two black university football players, testified Wednesday that she never told investigators she was sexually assaulted, The Root reports.
This is in sharp contrast to what cops said the 19-year-old Nikki Yovino told them after she went through a rape testing kit at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. During a pretrial hearing in March, Yovino’s attorney, Ryan O’Neill, told Superior Court Judge William Holden, “Our defense is that these two young men did things to her that were a sexual assault and were against her will.”
But during her testimony before Judge Holden on Wednesday, the former Sacred Heart University student insisted at least four times that she never told Bridgeport Police Detective Walberto Cotto or other officers that she had been raped.
“I never told him [Cotto] I was sexually assaulted. I told him that something happened in the bathroom at the party with these two guys, that I didn’t want to happen,” Yovino testified.
Police said Yovino, who now works as a real estate agent, claimed she was raped by two black Sacred Heart University football players during an off-campus party in October 2016. Three months later, however, police said she admitted she had made the allegations up after she was pressed about inconsistencies in her statement.
The two young black men were forced to withdraw from the university after they were stripped of their athletic scholarships, according to The Root.