Wednesday , Nov , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Zach Randolph Hit with Sexual Assault Suit

Zach Randolph Hit with Sexual Assault SuitIn news so amazingly unexpected that you could be forgiven for instantaneously soiling yourself on hearing it, a professional athlete not prosecuted for an alleged sexual assault has been hit with a civil lawsuit.  If you’ve managed to pick yourself up off the floor after such shocking revelations and feel your nerves are up to it, read on for more from the International Herald Tribune.

A woman has filed a $2 million (€1.56 million) civil lawsuit against Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph, claiming he sexually assaulted her.

The lawsuit, which also seeks unspecified punitive damages, was filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The woman is identified as Jane Doe.

She filed a criminal complaint in the alleged assault on Aug. 14. But Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk announced in September that he would not prosecute the case against Randolph, who was never named as a suspect by police.

I’m no legal expert, so perhaps someone out there with a law degree or related qualification can help me out.  How often, in your experience, have individuals not even named as a suspect by the authorities subsequently had civil lawsuits filed against them?  In those instances where it did happen, how many of the accused parties have been millionaires?  What makes this affair seem all the more suspect to me is the specific wording of the suit.

The woman’s suit claims Randolph’s actions "constitute, by any definition, an extraordinary transgression of the bounds of socially tolerable conduct, and they also exceeded any reasonable limit of social toleration."

While I may not have passed the bar, I do know a little bit about evasive phraseology, and what’s written above in no way implies a crime.  If "an extraordinary transgression of the bounds of socially tolerable conduct" constituted a felony, a fat guy I twice saw clipping his toenails on the subway would be doing a twenty-to-life bid right now.  So, what exactly was this egregious offence apparently worth seven figures?

The woman said Randolph assaulted her Aug. 11 in a hotel room after he offered her $500 (€390) to perform a sex show with another woman in the room.

The woman acknowledged in her complaint that she had been drinking that night.

The suit seeks $1 million (€780,000) for sexual battery and $1 million for the intentional infliction of severe emotional distress.

Now I’m not saying she’s a gold digger, but she ain’t seeking two million dollars in a civil lawsuit from no broke African-American gentlemen.  Let’s leave it at that.