Two former USC baseball players and one current member of the team are being sued by a woman who claims the athletes publicly distributed a video of her having sex with one of the players.
Former Trojans outfielder Vahn Bozoian, former Trojans pitcher Sean Adler and pitcher Marc Huberman are defendants in the suit, which was filed Thursday by a woman identified in the complaint as Jenna Doe. USC is not named as a defendant.
The woman is seeking unspecified general, medical and punitive damages for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, intrusion into private affairs, battery and conspiracy.
Bozoian was dismissed from the team in May 2014 for an unspecified student-conduct issue. Adler, a sophomore in 2014, was not on this season’s roster. Huberman, a junior, is 6-foot-4 with a 2.37 earned-run average for the Trojans, who open play in the NCAA baseball tournament on Friday against Virginia.
A USC athletic department official declined comment. A person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it said Huberman was cleared by a school judicial panel that investigated the matter.
Doe was a USC student when she met Bozoian in February 2012 and that they later commenced a relationship that included consensual sex, the suit says.
On March 1, 2013, the suit says, the players agreed to video Bozoian and Doe having sex without her knowledge “and to distribute the video to the general public including but not limited to other members of the baseball team.”
The suit says Adler used a cellphone to “surreptitiously” record Bozoian and Doe having sex and then forwarded the recording to Bozoian and Huberman. The players “repeatedly showed the video-recording to other members of the public, including but not limited to other students at USC as well as the members of the baseball team,” the suit says.
In December 2013, the suit says, a sorority sister informed the woman that a member of the baseball team had told her about the video and its distribution.
The plaintiff was “immediately embarrassed, disgusted, humiliated and distraught,” and she sought crisis counseling that night and was forced to postpone final exams because she could not concentrate or focus, the suit says.
The next semester, she was “taunted and harassed by students who had viewed and/or learned of the existence of the video recording,” and was forced to withdraw from several classes and postpone exams and projects, the suit says. She became depressed and was required to seek psychiatric counseling and treatment, the suit says.