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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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31.

bea    

From Mike Golic to the others at ESPN, this group needs serious HR counseling on their out of work and in work escapades.

1260 days ago
32.

Big Taters    

Civil suit. Get over it.

1260 days ago
33.

Scott    

Chia, it's a civil case, not criminal. he isn't a rapist, he's an alleged rapist. she';s accusing, there obviously wasn't enough proof for a criminal case and/or she just wants money. Your post is what's wrong with America, jumping to a side and making statements without knowing anything about it. ESPN got this right. You don't know she said no. You weren't there. You don't know this is rape. Why didn't she file charges? Like you said they can tell from a simple test of someone's internal area. She didn't cry rape and go criminal trial because then she would have to meet a larger burden of proof which she couldn't.

1260 days ago
34.

Tyler    

I'M SO TIRED OF WOMEN THROWING THE WORD RAPE AROUND...IT PROVED WRONG IN KOBE'S CASE AND IN THE DUKE LACROSSE..IF THEY WANT TO DRAG THE NAMES OF THE MEN THRU THE MUD WHO ARE SUPPOSEDLY INVOLVED IN THE CASE, THEN THEY SHOULD BE REVEALED TO. NEWSFLASH---YOU HOOK UP WITH A CELEB, AND THEY DON'T WANNA TALK TO YOU ANYMORE, IT WASN'T RAPE, IT WAS A ONE NIGHT STAND YOU HOE!

1260 days ago
35.

StarBaby    

I think they should publish her name. Any person who claims they were raped but never went to the police, especially when accusing a celebrity, should have to face the same scrutiny the accused does.

I personally don't believe any woman who claims rape against someone and they sue them for money instead of going to the police. Especially when it's years later.

1260 days ago
36.

en Todo Momento!!    

rape is such the blase matter in society. now if the matter is something of male interest, such as sports or blow jobs, then it is a topic front and center and designated 24/7 public coverage. pretty strange if you ask me. just turn on the television and try NOT! to find something sports related on.

1260 days ago
37.

en Todo Momento!!    

and so, since rape is almost like a grey area sport, ESPN did exactly the right thing by reporting it in a sportish manner.

1260 days ago
38.

ddb    

If he is named, she should be named.

1259 days ago
39.

JLS    

Outrageous! ESPN's motives are certainly CLEAR. I suppose they want to go back to revealing every single rape victim's name when the rapist is charged. That way no female will ever report a rape.

1259 days ago
40.

deloppoled    

'Ya'll better hides yo' women, hides yo' childrens an yo' husbands 'cause they be raping everyone 'round here!'

1259 days ago
41.

bellerina27    

wow. i am absolutely amazed at all the hate and mistrust towards women here. be objective people.
i do not know the whole story, but i am assuming there was not enough evidence to pursue a criminal case-however, that does NOT mean he is innocent. Nor does it mean he is guilty. Same reason Ron Goldman's family CIVILY sued OJ and won. Happens all the time when someone is found not guilty, or not enough evidence criminally.
ESPN was irresponsible in outright naming the woman-its public record now, but doesn't need to be exploited. If he is found not accountable, then scream her name from the rooftops, but have a little bit of respect and decency.

1259 days ago
42.

Stupid People Hater    

It's a civil lawsuit. Names are fair game. If you didn't want your name revealed you should press criminal charges.

1259 days ago
43.

Gerri    

Why should the accuser not be revealed? High profile people are accused of crimes all the time and the accuser is some anonymouse shadow figure saying what they want. It isn't right. What does this chick have to hide? If he is guilty, then so be it.

1259 days ago
44.

Ravenwolf    

i'm not american, but i think it's an all or nothing with names for a civil case.. within reason... this wouldn't even be a debate if someone semi-famous wasn't involved. neither name should be public until it's settled, then it should be public, with either him proven not accountable or her shown to be lying for money. that would prevent the ruin of his reputation if she's lying. as for all the haters, clearly you need help.

1259 days ago
45.

KnightWing    

Hey why shouldn't the woman's named be released?
First off he's innocent until proven guilty so if his name is out there then so should the women.
Second and I hate to say it but a lot of time these women are just losers trying to get some money and shouldn't be allowed to hide if this is proven false.

1259 days ago
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