Report: Attorney releases text messages between former Auburn TE Landon Rice and accuser
Former Auburn tight end Landon Rice repeatedly apologized in a series of text messages to the woman accusing him of rape, according to documents released by the accuser’s attorney on Wednesday.
Rice, who has not yet been charged with any crime, left the football team nearly two weeks ago for what head coach Gus Malzahn cited as “personal reasons.”
“My client is a courageous woman who wanted to keep this matter private,” said the accuser’s attorney, Jeff Herman, per AL.com. “However, given the statement made by Landon’s attorney she feels it is important for her to speak up. She is thankful for the support from Auburn University and the criminal authorities along with her friends and family. She is a courageous example for women everywhere and refuses to be silenced.”
Below is the conversation between Rice and the accuser (whose name is being protected at this point), which took place on April 18 — six days after the alleged incident took place.
“I said no to having sex,” the accuser wrote Rice. “I didn’t say it just to hear my own voice, I said it because I meant it. So the fact that you didn’t respect me enough to listen really really hurts. I know you knew better than that. I’m saying this because I want you to know that what you did was wrong. Whether it was 5 seconds or it was 20 minutes, it was still wrong.
“So I’m texting you about this for two reasons. One because the next time you are in that position, listen and do not make another girl feel disrespected like I do. Two because I want you you to just leave me alone from now on.”
Rice responded with a clutter of apologies:
“Yes I knew it was wrong and I am sorry,” he said. There is nothing I can do to make it right. I am really sorry. I should have never put you in that position, I was just in the moment. That is not the person kind of person I am. (Accuser’s name) I am really sorry.
“Can we just put this behind us and don’t tell anyone? I’ll leave you alone. Once again I am really sorry and I feel terrible about it.”
The accuser responded, “Just don’t do it again.”
Read more of the conversation from AL.com’s report here.