Courtney Thornton, the 23-year-old woman who accused Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of rape, released a statement Friday defending her claim and expressing diminished faith in the judicial system after charges were not filed against Anderson.
In a statement obtained by the The Oklahoman, Thornton wrote she was too intoxicated to provide Anderson consent during their Nov. 16 encounter.
“I was unable to provide consent after I had ‘blacked-out,’” Thornton’s statement read. “As I stated, I came forward to authorities with the details of my ordeal after I began to remember terrorizing images, thoughts and feelings from that night. My motives for coming forward are pure. My body was violated when I was unable to give consent. I had no desire for anything but criminal justice.”
On Dec. 4, Thornton filed a protective order accusing Anderson of penetrating her with his fingers and biting her. In her Friday statement, Thornton said she is dropping that protective order because she received military orders as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
On Thursday, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn and assistant district attorney Susan Caswell held a press conference announcing their decision not to press charges against Anderson. They released detailed information about Norman police’s investigation, which led the attorneys to believe charges were not warranted.
Caswell said Thornton admitted she never communicated to Anderson that she wanted him to stop during their Nov. 16 encounter.
Thornton and Anderson both provided police with text messages they exchanged after that night, which were friendly in nature and indicated Thornton “had fun and hoped to see Mr. Anderson” following their encounter, Caswell said.
Thornton’s last few texts to Anderson suggested they get together, but were not returned, Caswell said, and the two later saw each other in a bar and did not speak. Days later, Thornton began recounting memories of events differently and reported a crime to police.
According to a friend of Thornton's, whose account was verified through text messages provided to police, Thornton described the sexual activity with Anderson the following day and stated she hoped she and Anderson would “get together again,” explaining the encounter in detail.
“The police also interviewed two additional friends of [Thornton] and they essentially stated the same information as her girlfriend had already told police,” Caswell said. “It was their understanding that [Thornton] and Mr. Anderson had had a good time, and that she was hoping to have a romantic relationship with him.
“She then began to brag about the relationship that she was having with him [and indicated] to them that she had had sexual intercourse with him.”
Mashburn and Caswell said there is no way to prove beyond a reasonable doubt Thornton lied in her Dec. 4 statement to police.
Thornton, in her statement, disputed some of the information made public and expressed disappointment in the way the process was carried out.
She said she was unable to recollect the Nov. 16 events because she had taken “over 10 shots of alcohol, at least eight of which [Anderson] witnessed,” that night and was not “tipsy,” as one of her friends reported to police.
“Yesterday’s press conference, held by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office, diminished my faith in our local judicial system,” Thornton’s statement read. “I was speechless when I heard inaccurate statements, a disregard for addressing my inability to give consent, and a projected perceived bias.
“I was led to believe that the case details provided to the media would be a vague overview of the investigative process. I truly hope their unorthodox, erroneous and egregious release of detailed information does not affect and/or deter future victims from coming forward.”
Anderson remains “fully on the team,” OU football coach Lincoln Riley said Thursday.
OU plays Georgia in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl for the right to play in the national championship game.