Allen Artis, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, says he is innocent, The News & Observer reports. His encounter with Delaney Robinson, who said she had been raped, was consensual, he told reporters in an interview on Wednesday.
Ms. Robinson, who said the attack took place in February, recently went public with her allegations to express her dismay with the university’s handling of the case. Ms. Robinson says the university has taken no action since she reported the incident, in February. Mr. Artis was a football player at the time.
Mr. Artis, who faces misdemeanor sexual-assault charges based on warrants sworn out by Ms. Robinson, has been suspended from the football team but is still enrolled at the university. The case is under investigation by the university’s department of public safety, a local prosecutor told the newspaper.