SYRACUSE, NY — A 22-year-old college student is suing a woman for $6 million because he says her false claims that he raped her in April 2017 have “destroyed” his life.
Catherine Reddington, 22, reported the alleged incident to police and the university, and has claimed repeatedly on social media that Alex Goldman raped her after a party at Syracuse University’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity in New York.
On June 4, for example, Reddington reportedly posted on Facebook: “During the early hours of April 23, 2017 I was raped and sodomized. I woke up in Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in Alex Goldman’s bed confused, bloody, bruised, with ripped clothing and splinter.”
Goldman is now seeking $6 million in damages from a defamation lawsuit claiming he has suffered emotional, mental, and economic harm due to the fact that Reddington is attempting to “wreak havoc” on his life.
“In the past few weeks, in particular, (Reddington) has made numerous posts on social-media platforms Facebook and Linkedln falsely accusing Mr. Goldman of sexual assault and stating that he is a ‘rapist’,” the lawsuit states.
“These posts by (Reddington) included a picture of Mr. Goldman and ‘tagged’ Mr. Goldman’s employer and the university where Mr. Goldman attends college. These vicious accusations were knowingly false and intentionally made. These social-media posts have been viewed and ‘liked’ by thousands of people.”
Goldman, who has never been arrested or charged over the alleged assault, was expelled from Syracuse University following Reddington’s accusations.
Police investigated the incident by performing a rape kit and exam on Reddington and found no evidence that she had been raped, according to the New York Post. Police also reportedly found no traces of Goldman’s DNA on Reddington’s body.
Both Reddington and Goldman said at the time that they had no memory of the night before.
Goldman now attends the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Reddington has posted content there, including a review that refers to the college accepting “recently expelled rapists.”
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Main photo: Catherine Reddington (left) and Alex Goldman (right) [Brooklyn Federal Court via Facebook]