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Redneck Sexual Assault Captured On Video (UPDATED)

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Direct from the Deep South, the Real America, where people respect the individual and old-fashioned gentility reigns: WATCH, AFTER THE JUMP, as what appears to be a University of Alabama student sexually assaults a young man who's passed out from (I assume) alcohol poisoning at a sporting event, while a dozen or more fellow students cheer him on. (NSFW)

And hey, University of Alabama, if you're reading: Do you recognize this kid? Are you going to speak with him? Because in the era of cell phone cameras, too many incidents like this one could really damage your sterling reputation.

UPDATE: Never mind. This wasn't a sporting event at all -- apparently, despite all the Alabamian regalia, this occured in a Krystal fast food joint on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during last night's game. And the perp's not a student. He's an actual grown male who seems proud of his behavior, and who has taken to bragging about it on Twitter. There's a rumor about that the victim has since died, but I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that's the case.

UPDATE: The clip has been taken down. Deadspin has a copy posted.

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  1. So are we to understand that half the facts as reported by Towleroad were incorrect? The wrong state, for one, and also the Twitter account named was that of an imposter? Where is the reporting that used to go into this site? And then then author insults an entire state full of people, but then performs some logical acrobatics to defend it by saying he's Southern too. That's a lot like people who say, "I can't be racist. I have black friends!". The standards at this site are sliding. If we're going to win our fight for equality, it won't be by publishing hastily researched, knee-jerk baiting like this.

    Posted by: Bakeley | Jan 16, 2012 2:46:03 PM

  2. It doesn't matter where this took place or where it COULD take place, assault is assault. It knows no boundaries.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 16, 2012 7:37:39 PM

  3. At the very least, the manager on duty at Krystal should have called the police. Maybe they did, I don't know, but they should have. Looks like the perp couldn't get it up...

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jan 17, 2012 12:00:30 AM

  4. This apparently occurred the night of Jan. 9th, following the BCS game. Obviously some people don't realize the BCS game was in New Orleans. As far as the guy on twitter (CK) who claims he's the one who did it, anyone can see that he's not the guy in the video. I guess he's just doing the Twitter thing for publicity.

    The full video is still up here:

    The guy who sexually assaulted the passed out LSU kid left his genitals fully exposed for more than a minute before a Krystal employee finally asked him to zip up his pants. That happened more than 4-1/2 minutes into the video clip.

    The creep in the 'Bama shirt climbed onto the counter and humped the LSU kid on the side of his neck with his naked genitals for more than a minute in full view of the Krystal employees!

    I don't know why NOPD has not opened an investigation yet but they did say that IF the victim comes forward and files a complaint, they will investigate fully.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 17, 2012 12:13:47 AM

  5. Fantastic reporting. Really. Breaking News! This happened. And then update, actually, this didn't happen at all but here's some conjecture and hypothesis and rumor and blanket generalizations to cover up the fact that I'm just trying to squeeze some more posts out.

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 17, 2012 9:20:06 AM

  6. It is an unbelievable breach of civility. I hope they can identify the Alabama fan and put him where he belongs. What is even more savage than the act itself is that no one.... NO ONE tried to put a stop to it. 911 was not called, the management of the restaurant did not come forward and a person who was passed out was subjected to that indignity.

    The fac t is, whether from alcohol or illness, the unconscious person could very well have been a medical emergency.

    And a short note fror the perpetrator... if he can read, Why in hell would you want to show that little thing to the world? Your mama must be so proud of you.

    Posted by: thedavidvbf | Jan 17, 2012 11:17:54 AM

  7. The behavior, while certainly juvenile, is absolutely sexual assault. Should someone decide to pursue this in court the only way it wouldn't be prosecuted as sexual assault is if a very sharp attorney managed to bargain it down to a lesser charge. However, that would required acceptance on the part of the prosecuting attorney and the victim (or someone legally responsible for representing the victim). My experience is that the case (should it go to court) would move forward with a lesser charge because a guilty verdict could be difficult to obtain without a plea since two men were involved instead of a man and a woman - fair? Of course not but that is they way too many juries work - it is difficult to get them to see that sexual assault against a man (by a man) is an equal violation of the law.

    Posted by: Tyron | Jan 17, 2012 11:33:09 AM

  8. Please. This in no way reflects "Southern values" (whatever those are) so don't paint us all with the same brush. I am Southern, live in New Orleans, and I find this abhorrent.

    Don't you remember the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium by two drunken fans, simply for wearing a Giants jersey? The man almost died and has permanent brain damage. No one would say his beating reflects "California values" would they?

    We as gay men claim to be against stereotyping. Think before you write posts like this.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 17, 2012 10:13:10 PM

  9. The video can still be found here:

    Or here:

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 18, 2012 3:19:24 PM

  10. His prosecution is a total slippery slope. Now we're defining sexual assault without there actually being any attempted sex? What the guy did was disrespectful and juvenile, but there sure as hell was no sex involved. I think that if he had poured water over the guy's head, that would have been way more cruel. BUT, predictably, that act wouldn't have brought out an equal amount of indignation. I'm appalled by the irrational mob mentality that supports someone being charged as a 'sex offender' over something like this. Next, we're gonna be going after people for looking at someone else lustfully, and not only in a work setting. People really need to get a grip and get over this knee-jerk reaction to anything that seems like sex. He should have been charged with disorderly conduct or public intoxication, and sent home.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jan 21, 2012 5:07:04 AM

  11. Here are the actual FACTS:

    The sexual battery took place the night of Jan. 9 (actually 1:00 a.m., Jan. 10) following the BCS Championship game. It happened at Krystal restaurant at 115 Bourbon St. in New Orleans.

    The victim is an 18-yr-old LSU student. The assailant is a 32-yr-old Alabama fan, Brian Downing.

    Downing first poked his finger into the ears and nostril of the victim to determine just how passed out he really was. Then he exposed his genitals fully, climbed up onto the restaurant counter and humped the left side of the victim's face for a full minute in full view of Krystal employees and a crowd of cheering 'Bama fans! Krystal employees alerted their manager who finally showed up and halted the assault and ordered the assailant to zip up his pants. That didn't happen until more than 4 minutes into the video clip.

    The New Orleans Police Department made a public announcement asking for anyone with information to come forward, but that was after the local TV News programs aired the video with the offending parts blurred out.

    Someone in Alabama called Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor and told him that he needed to see the video because the assailant is his cousin! Sheriff Taylor was shocked, to say the least, and called his counsin in for questioning. Then he called the New Orleans police and informed them that cousin Brian, accompanied by his lawyer, was headed to New Orleans.

    Brian Downing was charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of obsenity and booked into Central Lockup at 1:00 a.m., Jan. 20. He spent the rest of the night in Orleans Parish Prison. He was released in the morning on $10,000 bond.

    It was the victim's father who filed a complaint with LSU Campus Police the morning after the video aired on TV. That's when the NOPD made a public announcement asking for anyone with information to come forward. An Alabama resident then called the sheriff to tell him that the assailant was his cousin Brian.

    Brian Downing's employer saw the video, too. Downing has been fired from his job!

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 25, 2012 3:40:31 PM

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