The family of Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old girl who killed herself after learning she was allegedly raped by schoolmates at a party in September, has directed its lawyer to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the three 16-year-old boys accused of assaulting her.
“We intend to prove in a court of law that her death was related to what they did,” attorney Bob Allard told Yahoo! News on Sunday.
Allard said the decision was precipitated by comments made by the defendants’ lawyers over the weekend, in which they said the boys should be “regarded as innocent.” They further advised the public to reserve judgment about the case.
“Much of what has been reported over the last several days is inaccurate,” said the suspects’ three attorneys, Eric S. Geffon, Alan M. Lagod and Benjamin W. Williams, in a statement reported by the Los Angeles Times. “Most disturbing is the attempt to link [Audrie’s] suicide to the specific actions of these three boys.”
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