The University of Tennessee student cited in police reports as suffering alcohol poisoning from a wine enema denounced the report as false and said he is prepared to take legal action.
Alexander Broughton’s attorney, Daniel McGehee, said at a news conference that the witness interviewed by police at the emergency room has denied telling officers Broughton was sickened by an alcohol enema, The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/RaDq1L) reported.
McGehee also said the UT Police report on the incident was released in violation of federal medical privacy laws.
In a written statement, Broughton said media reports have implied that he is gay, which he is not. He also said that as a Christian he would never desecrate his body by ingesting alcohol through an enema.
He accused Knoxville police and university officials of lying about the incident and said he was denied a copy of the city police department report. He lashed out at the news media for reporting what police and UT officials said.
The 20-year-old student from Memphis said that on Sept. 21 he drank about a six-pack of beer on an empty stomach and returned to his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, where he joined in a wine drinking game.
“At some point in the evening, I became very intoxicated and passed out,” the statement said.
Broughton was taken to the hospital after midnight and health care workers, concerned that injuries to his rectum indicated he had been sexually assaulted, called police.
Broughton’s statement said the injuries were caused when his fraternity brothers put him in the shower to try to revive him and, when that didn’t work, lifted him by his belt and forced his shorts into his crotch.
UT records have said police obtained evidence at the fraternity to substantiate the claim of an alcohol enema.
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