The family of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after three high school students sexually assaulted her has reached a settlement with one of the attackers, their attorney said Monday.
The family of Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old Saratoga girl who hanged herself after she learned that cellphone photos of the 2012 assault had been shared among friends and other high school students, chose to settle because the assailant admitted that she was unconscious during the attack and did not consent to their actions.
“He admits the truth, which is that she was blacked out, passed out, unconscious,” said Robert Allard, an attorney for Pott’s family. “The other part of it is that our investigation has determined that he had no involvement whatsoever in the subsequent shaming, or humiliation or false rumor spreading about Audrie.”
Pott had been drinking at a Labor Day weekend party in Saratoga, an affluent Silicon Valley suburb about 50 miles southeast of San Francisco, when the assault occurred. The attackers took cellphone photos of the incident, which quickly spread in their social circles and Saratoga High School’s students, police and family members have said.
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