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LSU releases unredacted police report, five months after USA TODAY sued for access to it

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Louisiana State University on Friday released an unredacted police report to the woman who filed it, five months after she and USA TODAY sued to get a copy of it.

Samantha Brennan’s police report was the last of multiple records USA TODAY had sued to get access to.

“First, thank you the to the Louisiana Women’s Caucus for demanding the release of this unredacted police report,” Brennan said in a statement. “This is just another step in a long fight for justice, and to make sure that no victim has to endure this type of treatment again.”

An East Baton Rouge Parish District Court judge had ruled in January that Brennan and USA TODAY were entitled to the full report, without names or details blacked out. But LSU appealed the ruling.

Samantha Brennan, a former LSU student, was indecently photographed by LSU football player Derrius Guise without her consent after a night of drinking. The picture of Brennan circulated the LSU football locker room and a coworker of Brennan's eventually informed her of the image. Brennan filed a police report but was never contacted by LSU's Title IX office. She's now suing the police department for full access to the report.

LSU has come under heavy criticism for its widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints, and the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus on Friday released a statement saying “we strongly demand” that Brennan’s unredacted police report be released. Interim LSU president Thomas Galligan has apologized for LSU’s failings and promised transparency and, within hours, Brennan had a copy of the police report.

“Thank you to President Galligan for having this change of heart and having the courage to admit that LSU was completely wrong in failing to produce this report,” Brennan said. “We have every intention of pursuing the remainder of our judgment against LSU for attorney’s fees and arbitrary and capricious damages.”

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