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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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61.

Davinci    

I feel the accuser's name would have leaked no matter what we seen similar cases with other athletes. It's called the internet people.

1411 days ago
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Memphis    

Listen you stupid fing bitches.

THIS IS A CIVIL CASE, NOT CRIMINAL.

She is the one who f'ed up by not filing a criminal case. It is her fault and hers alone.

IF, she was raped, she should have gotten the authorities to step in and make an arrest. Did that happen?

NO

So many of you want to think you are holier than thou and always take the woman's side.

The man is the victim here. When her accusations are proven wrong, as they obviously are, she should be prosecuted in a criminal court of law and made to serve prison time.

She should also be made to pay restitution in the millions of dollars.

Maybe after this happens, many of you that are so high and mighty on this thieving skank, will see her for what she really is:

A LYING, MONEY GRUBBING, F'ING BITCH.

1411 days ago
63.

Memphis    

If you have the intestinal fortitude to file charges, you should also be willing to take the results. If you are found to have falsely accused someone, you should then also be charged and sentenced to the time appropriate to the crime you falsely accused someone of.

Accuse someone of rape, you should also be ready to spend years in jail if falsely accusing.

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