LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The only officer to be indicted on charges stemming from Breonna Taylor's death, Brett Hankison, is now being sued for alleged sexual assault. A Louisville woman has come forward, claiming Hankison violently sexually assaulted her in April 2018. The suit filed also lists the accounts of nine other unnamed women who claim to be victims as well.
What You Need To Know
- Former LMPD officer Brett Hankison sued for alleged sexual assault
- Louisville woman claims Hankison violently sexually assaulted her
- Suit also includes the accounts of nine other unnamed women
- Hankison is the only officer facing charges related to the death of Breonna Taylor
Spectrum News 1 has reached out to Hankison's attorney, Stewart Mathews, but has not yet heard back for a comment on the new filing.
Attorney Sam Aguiar sent the filing late Tuesday, on behalf of his client, plaintiff Margo Borders. You can read the filing here:
The filing states that on April 20, 2018, Hankison assaulted the 22-year-old Borders after driving her home from the bar Tin Roof. There, she explains, he was working as police presence at the bar. The suit claims it was all in Hankison's "playbook" to "take the women home as their designated driver in a police uniform; make advances towards the women; sexually pursue the women and, if they do not consent or are otherwise incapable of consenting, sexually assault them."
The suit states the women "knew that the predator was a police officer who would insist that the two were friends and that each had consented" and that Hankison messaged the plaintiff after allegedly assaulting her "to try to suggest that the two had engaged in consensual relations."
The suit includes other defendants, named: Wes Troutman, Former Louisville Police Chief Steven Conrad, Eric Black, Michael King, Moncell Allen, and Tin Roof Acquisition Company, LLC.
Conrad is named, as the suit alleges he was responsible for deciding whether to pursue citizen complaints against Hankison. Aguiar says there was a "pattern and practice" condoned by Conrad, to conceal citizen complaints.
Spectrum News 1 got a look at Hankison's personnel file months ago, soon after learning about Breonna Taylor's death, but found no complaints or evidence of sexual assault allegations. Within the new suit, Aguiar says "if the complaint was not opened within 90 days of the report, it was purged from LMPD's files and no record was made to reflect the complaint," claiming women did report Hankison's alleged behavior.
Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) says they do not comment on pending lawsuits when asked for a response to the suit and whether moonlighting is permitted by the department, and if it was aware of the complaints against Hankison, and if there were ever consequences on any others named.
Spectrum News 1 is working to learn more and will update the story.