Northwestern baseball player sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of Gender Violence Act

Chad Readey

Chad Readey
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A woman has filed a lawsuit against Northwestern baseball player Chad Readey, alleging violations of Illinois’ Sex Violence Act and willful mental distress stemming from what she says are cases sexual harassment and abuse from both middle school students and at Homewood Flossmoor High School in suburban Chicago.

Allegations of sexual misconduct

The woman, who filed the complaint in Cook County, Ill., under the pseudonym “Jane Doe,” accused Readey on multiple occasions of inappropriate and non-consensual sexual touching throughout several years. years, including him touching her thighs and buttocks without her consent. her consent while they were both still in middle school. According to the complaint, Readey’s behavior worsened on a school bus while both students were in high school, claiming:

“Grandma. Doe said that, during their sophomore year, in or around Fall 2018 – Spring 2019, when she was 15 years old, she gave Chad Readey clear instructions to stop touching her. In response, he grabbed her breasts without her consent. Ms. Doe told Homewood-Flossmoor officials that she believes the conduct was sexual assault.”

Although Doe did not report Readey’s alleged conduct to school officials, the lawsuit claims that she talked about his “robust” interactions with her, which made her “not comfort and fear” with friends and family. However, as the lawsuit continues to allege, when Doe was a high school student, officials at HFHS summoned her to the office, telling her that an investigation into Readey’s conduct was opened later when eight current and former students made allegations on social media that Readey had a history of sexually harassing and assaulting other students.

Deadspin was able to verify a letter from HFHS sent to Readey’s parents September 18, 2020, which states:

“As you know, eight former and current students have posted social media posts aimed at Northwestern accusing your son, [Readey]a history of sexual assault and sexual harassment has been reported to HFHS County Number, 233, but has not been addressed.”

The letter went on to lay out the reasons the school found no evidence of Readey’s misconduct, reading in part:

“(T)Two years ago, in [Readey’s] second year, [Readey] allegedly touched a female student’s breasts on her clothes on a school bus. The student did not report the incident when it happened, but did report it nearly a year later to a teacher, who then met with the student and her school counselor. At that time, the student told the teacher and counselor that the matter had been resolved a year ago and that she did not wish to investigate the matter further as there were no further incidents or concerns related to the matter. this student. In the IB investigation in 2019 2020 (sic), the allegation of [Readey] touching a woman’s breasts on her clothes during her sophomore year stated by one of the IB women who is a friend of the woman concerned, The woman involved is not an IB student and did not automatically participate in the investigation, but was called into a bus incident statement and [Readey] was given the opportunity to respond. [Readey] admitted to touching the student’s breasts on her clothes in a lack of judgment (sic) while they were riding the shuttle bus together, and when she objected to him touching her, he stopped and there have been no further incidents in the last two years. “

HFHS subsequently closed the investigation without taking disciplinary action against Readey.

However, Doe’s complaint lays out multiple instances of Readey’s alleged abuse in a Driver Education class together in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, including Readey’s request for a “finger.” hand” her, Readey snatched the pencil from her hand and pulled her out. hands over his genitals, and Readey unlocked her hoodie without consent to “see what she’s wearing underneath.” Doe claims that she finally gathered the courage to stand up to Readey on the school bus, telling him, “You’re not allowed to touch me. In response, the complaint alleges that Readey said, “Okay,” and then continued to grab Doe’s breasts over her clothes without her consent.

Readey’s defamation lawsuit

After students start Posting about the allegations against Readey on social media and emailed Northwestern directly, Readey hired an attorney to respond to their requests. The lawsuit alleges that the attorneys “sent threatening letters to [Readey’s] classmates, asked to withdraw. According to the lawsuit, Doe was not involved in the social media campaign against Readey, but received notice on December 14, 2022 that Readey intended to designate her as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit he filed filed in Cook County, presumably because she cooperated with HFHS in its investigation of the allegations against Readey. Deadspin was able to see a letter from Readey’s attorney notifying Doe that she would be added as a defendant to Readey’s defamation lawsuit, filed in September 2022. In that lawsuit, Readey reports alleged that numerous students, both named and unnamed, conspired to destroy his reputation and relationship with Northwestern by staging false allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, stating that ” false and malicious statements have been made about Readey; namely that he committed ‘many sexual assaults’, when in fact none.

The woman’s complaint alleges that “despite admitting to sexually assaulting Miss Doe – both with the school, as well as in his defamation lawsuit – Chad Readey has now returned, many years later.” , to intimidate Miss Doe and her parents through his behavior. attorney, with threats to add her as a defendant in his defamation lawsuit.

Tamara Holden, Doe’s attorney, told Deadspin: “We look forward to bringing down Homewood-Flossmoor officials to find out how they determined consent and why the school chose not to punish the star athlete. despite many complaints from many female students.

“Ultimately, we intend to shed light on how young women gag at an early age and how schools are complicit in sexual violence against young women.”

Deadspin has reached out to both Readey’s attorneys and Northwestern University for comment. At the time of publication, we did not receive a response.


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