A video clip of LSU sophomore Madison Brooks slurring her words in the back of a car with the men she says r*ped her was “hurtful and shameful,” Brooks’ mother’s lawyer told Fox News Digital.
The suspects’ lawyers gave a 29-second cellphone recording to a local news station, WBRZ 2. On February 13, the video was shown along with an interview with the lawyers.
In the video, Brooks is seen in the back seat, flanked on either side by two men, saying through slurred speech –
“I’m sorry that I offended you that bad. Get out. Get out. I’ll call an Uber on my own.”
Brooks can be heard calling the driver “Gay” as he follows one of the suspects out of the car through the back passenger door.
This is the last part of the recording. Soon after, Brooks, who was 19 years old, was hit by a car and died in the hospital.
Kerry Miller, who is representing Brooks’ mother, Ashley Baustert, called the video “hurtful and shameful,” and he said that every time the defense leaks another short clip, it “cuts like a knife” into his client.
Late in January, a local news station, WAFB 9 (aforementioned), got a four-second video that seemed to show Brooks jogging behind the people she says attacked her as they left Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Before the video stopped, the group was seen going from the bar to their car. Miller said –
“It’s one thing to defend your clients. It’s another to try the case in the media.”
“It shows a level of desperation.”
Ron Haley, a lawyer for one of the suspects, said in an interview with WBRZ 2 (aforementioned) on February 13 that Brooks used “very bad language” with the driver. Haley said –
“Implying that he’s not straight based on him not wanting to engage in certain activities with her.”
“It doesn’t put anyone in the best light, but again, not being put in the best light isn’t the same thing as r*pe.”
Four people were arrested in connection with Brooks’ alleged r*pe. Because Desmond Carter was only 17, his name wasn’t released until Wednesday’s grand jury hearing.
He was charged with first-degree r*pe, which is punishable by life in prison without parole, and third-degree r*pe, which is punishable by 15 years in prison.
Kaivon Washington, who is 18 years old, was also charged with third-degree r*pe. According to Louisiana law, this is when a person has s*xual contact with someone without their consent.
Casen Carver, age 18, and Everett Lee, age 28, were charged with first- to third-degree r*pe, because they allegedly sat in the front seat of the car while Washington and Carter s*xually assaulted Brooks in the back seat after a night of drinking.
As more evidence is shown to the grand jury, the DA has talked about upgrading the charges against the other suspects, but DA Hillar Moore’s office didn’t respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Since then, Washington has been arrested and charged with two more alleged r*pes in Livingston Parish in 2020 and the same area of East Baton Rouge in October 2022.
According to court documents, he was 16 and his alleged victim was 12 in 2020. The most recent r*pe accusation was almost the same as the one against Brooks.
Like Brooks, the woman who was attacked in October 2022 drank at Reggie’s and met Washington and another man, 18-year-old Karson Jones, who was called her “acquaintance” in court documents.
Brooks was buried in Covington, Louisiana, on February 3. Baustert wrote in a Facebook post (see her profile and the relevant post here) –
“My beautiful angel, one and only daughter, and best friend that was taken way too soon. I promise to honour you, your legacy and will do everything in my power to ensure no other family has to endure the pain we have faced.”
This was all for our coverage of LSU sophomore Madison Brooks’ family’s outrage over a leaked video of her fatal car crash.