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ESPN Blasted for Revealing Name of Rape Accuser

11/10/2010 8:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

ESPN is being called out by the attorney for the woman accusing New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana of rape ... accusing the network of "irresponsible journalism" for revealing her identity.

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The woman filed the civil lawsuit for sexual battery under the pseudonym Jane Doe -- but the judge ordered her on Monday to reveal her name. ESPN.com published a story about the case and used her name.

John Clune, the woman's attorney, just blasted ESPN, telling TMZ, "ESPN has now set a dangerous precedent in telling rape victims that this will be their punishment if they attempt to pursue accountability for their celebrity offenders."

Clune, who also repped Kobe Bryant's accuser back in 2003, went on to say, "Disappointingly, ESPN today chose to publicize the identity of a rape victim on their website, despite the obvious attempt by this woman to protect herself and her children from further unwarranted harassment and abuse in pursuing her only remaining avenue to hold Mr. Santana accountable."

ESPN has not yet returned our call.

The argument for making the woman's name public -- it's wrong to let people hide behind a veil of anonymity when they make accusations in civil lawsuits that can ruin someone's life.

So we ask:



 

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Vonn    

Unless/until you are convicted of rape, the name of both parties should be concealed. Everyone that is accused of rape is not guilty of rape.

1444 days ago
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tlynn    

9 times out of ten, it's about the money from the get go. Not surprisingly this hooker has children, no doubt by different men, and is simply looking to cash in on it. You have to give the girl credit, she just so happened to get raped by a rich athlete? Get real people, she planned this very well and just happened to get lucky enough to throw her diseased cooter in his direction! Lucky shot, now she wants to claim rape? Already has children by who knows and now she wants to be shy? BITCH, you're money hungry skank ass needs to be put on blast, funny she's not shy about a lawsuit to extort money!! Don't hide now, put it all out there like you did the night your children were created and like the night you claim to have been raped. Trailer trash whore!

1444 days ago
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scott w    

you have the right to confront your accuser in this country and unfortunatly you have to put that name on the complaint paper. that complaint paper is then public record and anyone can see it. espn was just doing what they do and reporting news. funny how she filed a civil complaint and not a criminal one. if i was raped i would want the person behind bars and then i would sue. shes just out for the dollar.

1444 days ago
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Christina G.    

In a criminal rape case, the name of the victim should be withheld. In the case of a civil suit, which is only for monetary punishment and/or gain, the victim's name should be made public.

1444 days ago
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Carl    

It should be kept secret until the criminal case is resolved, and if he is found guilty the accuser's name should always be kept secret.

But if the case is dismissed or he is found not guilty then her name is fair game.

1444 days ago
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Carl    

Oops, just noticed this is a civil case. If there is no criminal case then her name should be made public.

1444 days ago
7.

Zip    

She is not a rape victim, for a fact, in regard to evidence, she is an alleged rape victim, and he is the alleged rapist--there is a difference between the word alleged, and is. Anyone can accuse you of anything, for instance, I can say right now that any one of you is a child molester, but it wouldn't make it true. Right now, a 27 year old female teacher, near where I live, is being accused of statutory rape against a 16 year old male student who is now 17. Her photo has been published, and she has been suspended. Her accuser, however, we know nothing about? We don't know if the teacher is innocent, or guilty, but the local media is reporting the accusations, as if they are factually proven evidence. It is not fair, unless there are facts shown that cannot be disputed. This baseball player, for instance, is having his reputation destroyed, and perhaps deservedly so, if he is guilty, but I can recall Dennis Rodman being accused of rape 3 times, by 3 different women, and all were shown to be false. And Celine Dion's husband was accused of rape by a scam artist team. So, be very careful about what you are willing to believe, when you hear it. Just because an accusation has been made, does not make it the truth.

1444 days ago
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Chia    

Rape isn't about sex, it is about violence towards a woman (or man).

The idea that ESPN revealed the name of the person is UNBELIEVABLE. I don't care what the guy says who allegedly committed the crime, you protect the victim. Is that person comes out to the press, that is their option and only their option.

I don't care if this guy says he didn't do it; it is about the victim and what happened to her. So many high profile people play the extortion card now a days and everyone believes them and looks at the woman as a slut. Unacceptable. Rape is provable by testing the person's internal area and if she at any time said NO! If sex happens after no it is rape.

ESPN you SUCK!

1444 days ago
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Reality     

"...it's wrong to let people hide behind a veil of anonymity when they make accusations in civil lawsuits that can ruin someone's life."

SO VERY TRUE. Good on ESPN. Those of you that voted "shame on you," where do you get off? What if this proves to be false? The man's name is still tarnished. Bunch of feminist, money-grubbing, man-hating little girls voting on this site.

1444 days ago
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VeeJay    

There is no shame in being the victim of a crime, including rape. Scream it loud and proud, just like Elizabeth Smart is doing from the stand. Bravo for those brave ladies.

1444 days ago
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stupid    

Since it's a civil lawsuit that she filed, I see no reason not to reveal her name. If she truly was raped, and this is not just a play for money as I suspect it is...then there should be no problem with revealing her name.

1444 days ago
12.

a3196    

As one of our Footballers have said In Australia..."These girls/fans go out looking to get with a player...Then they go back to their house or hotel room at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning..They know when they do that they are not going there for milk and cookies. Only the next day when they realize what they have done do they play the "im and Victim" card and they dont realize just how damaging it can be for the accused players, and their families".
So either both names should be suppressed or both names should be released.
Accusers who have been proved to be lying about what happened should be named and shamed as it does not do REAL victims any justice at all.

1444 days ago
13.

Wiley    

I don't care if this guy says he didn't do it; it is about the victim and what happened to her. So many high profile people play the extortion card now a days and everyone believes them and looks at the woman as a slut. Unacceptable. Rape is provable by testing the person's internal area and if she at any time said NO! If sex happens after no it is rape.

ESPN you SUCK!

Posted at 4:07 PM on Nov 10, 2010 by Chia
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BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! You wouldn't say a thing if it was the man that was raped. This is a civil case to get a large sum of money. If the rape couldn't be proved in the criminal court then it didn't happen. The man is innocent and yet his name is being broadcast just like hers and she's going for the money in civil court because the juries are heavily composed of women like you, many of whom can't in any way imaginable be impartial. I guess the money will erase all traces of the supposed crime? Skank just needs some money and he was handy.

1444 days ago
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jadakiss    

SO WHATS HER FRICKIN NAME!

1444 days ago
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James Grimes    

When you want to sleep with a celebrity, this comes with the territory--you are no longer anonymous. Besides, this is civil suit, not a criminal case. He needs to tell her and her lawyer to go pound sand. Case closed.

1444 days ago
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