Victim in Vanderbilt rape case testifies on final day of Vandenburg’s retrial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The state rested its case Friday in the retrial of Brandon Vandenburg, who is at the center of a rape case that has gained national attention.

Several people took the stand, including the woman prosecutors say was raped by four former football players, including her then-boyfriend Vandenburg. Investigators said they later found evidence of videos and photos from the incident on Vandenburg’s cell phone and computer.

Friday marked the third time the victim had testified in the case.

Victim in case takes the stand

While on the stand, she talked about what she remembered from the night of June 22, 2013. According to the victim, she did not know the other three men involved in the case, including Cory Batey, who was convicted of aggravated rape earlier this year.

She also discussed the rape exam she received.

The victim recalled being worried that Vandenburg would be mad at her for undergoing the examination because it meant he would be asked to give a cheek swab.

She went on to say that she was concerned about how the situation would affect Vandenburg at school.

“One of my biggest concerns at that time was trying to protect him. And I was worried about them getting kicked off the team,” she explained.

She went on to say that Vandenburg invited her back to his dorm room the night after the alleged rape and initiated intercourse. Following that night, the victim didn’t see Vandenburg again until he appeared in court.

Vandenburg’s roommate speaks

Vandenburg’s former roommate also took the stand Friday.Mack-Prioleau-1

Mack Prioleau is the only person who was inside the dorm at Gillette Hall who was not charged with rape on the night of the alleged assault.

He has since admitted to not doing anything to stop it upon being awakened.

“… I was the only one who really knew what was happening,” Prioleau said in part after being questioned about sending a text message pertaining to that June 2013 night.

Prioleau also stated that Vandenburg said, “Squeeze that [expletive]” and was heard laughing on the night in question, which occurred nearly three years ago in a dorm room the two shared at Vanderbilt University.

Prioleau originally testified in Vandenburg’s first trial which was ultimately declared a mistrial after the jury foreman did not reveal he had been a sexual assault victim.

Victim’s roommate shares story

The victim’s roommate, Lauren Miller, also testified on Friday afternoon.

She spoke in detail about her best friend’s appearance the morning after the alleged June 2013 rape.

Lauren Miller (Photo: WKRN)
Lauren Miller (Photo: WKRN)

“There were several different things that were alarming to me. One of the first things I noticed was her hair. It appeared as if it had gotten wet, and been dried again. It was very matted,” Miller said.

Co-defendant Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie also wrapped up his testimony Friday morning.

McKenzie testified that Vandenburg was “in control” on that night in question in 2013.

“Well, from the things he was saying, you know, he was like kind of in control. Like he, when he pushed us back off the elevator, when he grabbed us and asked us for help, when he passed out the condoms and made sure everybody passed out a condom and he covered the cameras up, so like, he was in control,” he said.

McKenzie also admitted he lied in a police interview in July 2013.

Photo: WKRN
Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie (Photo: WKRN)

Also Friday, a juror was dismissed in Vandenburg’s retrial due to medical issues.

Vandenburg and McKenzie, along with two other ex-Vanderbilt football players Cory Batey and Brandon Banks are all charged in the case.

Batey has since been found guilty in the case after a retrial earlier this year. He remains jailed awaiting sentencing.

Vandenburg is charged with five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.

Banks and McKenzie have yet to go to trial.

Click here for complete coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.

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