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New motion in Vanderbilt rape case alleges coach James Franklin contacted victim

James Franklin was hired by Penn State, after head football coach Bill O'Brien returned to the NFL. (Centre Daily Time/Getty Images) James Franklin was hired by Penn State, after head football coach Bill O'Brien returned to the NFL. (Centre Daily Time/Getty Images)

The attorneys for a defendant in the Vanderbilt football rape case have filed a motion for all charges to be dismissed, claiming crucial evidence has been withheld from them, including phone calls and texts between the victim and the Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

Tony Gonzalez of The Tennessean reports that the 24-page motion from Brandon Vandenberg's lawyers contains allegations that Penn State coach James Franklin had a meeting with the victim prior to the attacks asking her to help with recruiting.

"Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get fifteen pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that all the other colleges did it."

The documents also claim that Franklin and director of performance enhancement Dwight Galt visited the girl in the hospital after the attacks because "they cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting."

Vandenberg's defense team says that the victim's call logs, as well as police interviews and several hours of campus security footage have been tampered with or destroyed, hindering their ability to defend their client.

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