Attorney releases video from night of alleged UNM rape

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - On Tuesday, a defense attorney made the unusual move of showing cell phone video to reporters that he says proves the woman who accused three men of rape did not tell the truth.

“The complainant prevaricated, lied and has told an untruth that has in essence destroyed my client’s life,” said George Anthony Bleus, an attorney for Ryan Ruff.

The female student told UNM Police that the night of April 12th, she was raped by Lobo cornerback SaQwan Edwards, running back Crusoe Gongbay and CNM student Ruff.

Release of the cell phone video comes a day after the District Attorney’s office said it’s dismissing all the charges for now because there isn’t enough evidence to indict the men.

Bleus says that’s not good enough, that the DA’s office needs to come forward and admit they have evidence the woman lied and expunge the men’s records.

“The videos I’ve shown you are videos of the complainant in numerous and different sexual positions, showing consensual sex and also sex at a place other than a motor vehicle which was reported in the criminal complaint,” he said.

The woman’s attorney, Brad Hall, says his client may not have been too clear on what happened and where because she may have been given date rape drugs.

The UNM criminal complaint doesn’t mention anything about the woman claiming she was drugged.

When asked about that, her attorney says his client didn’t write the report, police did.

Videos show the woman, identified by the attorney as the alleged victim, performing oral sex and having intercourse with one of the defendants inside a home. The attorney says it was taken that night.

Another video shown to reporters shows her standing half-naked in the house appearing to tease the men.

According to the criminal complaint, the student told police the three men met her outside a party and took her into their BMW.

In sworn testimony obtained by the attorney, witnesses say they watched her open the car door, demand to sit in the front seat, call them the n-word, and then sit in SaQwan Edwards lap.

The criminal complaint says they drove off and then took turns raping her.

Ruff’s attorney says that never happened and showed reporters video that shows her giving one of them a lap dance in that BMW.

“I just want my dignity back, man. That’s it. I want my life back,” Ruff said at the news conference.

Reporters were shown five videos altogether, Bleus says he has more that he’s going to save in case it goes to trial.

Bleus also showed reporters the interior of Ruff’s BMW. The leather was torn up from UNM PD’s investigation.

UNM PD had gone on TV and asked the public for help locating the vehicle. Bleus said Ruff had the vehicle the entire time, they just had to ask for it, but didn’t.

“I believe in retaliation they’ve destroyed the vehicle for the most part and to what ends, they’re not moving forward on these charges,” he said.

Attorneys for Edwards and Gongbay did not return calls for comment.

Neither UNM police nor the DA’s office would comment on the videos.

Bleus said he’d rather have the case go to trial than have it linger.

“He can’t walk outside without someone looking at him and thinking to themselves, ‘There’s that rapist,’” Bleus said.

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