Brandon Banks, victim both testify in ongoing Vanderbilt rape trial


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The victim at the center of the Vanderbilt University rape case testified for the fourth time in four years on Wednesday as Brandon Banks’ trial continues in Nashville.

The woman, who News 2 is not identifying, was very emotional and cried as she recalled the events leading up to her assault inside a dorm room on June 22, 2013.

“The last thing I remember is taking a few sips from a drink that he [Brandon Vandenburg] gave me. It was in a clear cup and it was blue,” she said, while referencing a drink given to her a local bar before the attack.

She continued, “The next thing I remember is waking up alone in a room that I didn’t recognize.”

When asked what time that was she answered, “I believe it was around 8 a.m. the next morning.”

“The thing that I noticed the most was my left shoulder hurt very badly,” she recalled. “Also, my left wrist and also my right knee. There was a wound that was bleeding.”

When asked if she knew Banks or had ever heard of him, she replied no.

The victim also said she had not seen Banks since “except in the evidence.”

Banks took the stand in his own defense shortly after the victim testified.

While on the stand, he described seeing his former teammate, Brandon Vandenburg in the parking lot the night of the attack he is accused in.

He said the victim was in Vandenburg’s car and looked very sick. He also added Vandenburg asked him to help get the victim inside to his dorm room.

Banks testified he took the request for help from Vandenburg as an order.

“When he put her on the ground she started to throw up,” Banks said. “So at that time, I’m like, ‘She needs to go to the hospital.’ That was the first thing that came to my mind, and when he comes back, I tell him. I’m like, ‘Hey, she needs to go to the hospital.’ He is like, ‘F that. My room is right down the hall.’”

Banks also said it was Vandenburg who demanded he take graphic photos of the victim.

“He told me to take pictures, too, so I take a picture. I got pretty close to her rear end,” he said. “He told me to.”

Banks is one of four former students accused in the rape. Two of them-Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey-have already gone to trial, been found guilty, and sentence to prison.

The fourth former student, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, has not yet gone to trial and it’s not yet known if he will.Click here for complete coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.

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