Wednesday, the 19-year-old accuser’s attorney released text messages between the woman and Rice in response to the statement, according to documents obtained by AL.com.
“My client is a courageous woman who wanted to keep this matter private,” said Jeff Herman, the woman’s attorney said, according to AL.com’s James Crepea. “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.”
The 19-year-old woman started a text conversation with Rice on April 18 at approximately 9 p.m.
The alleged rape occurred April 12 in the South Donahue Residence Hall in the late hours. An incident was filed with the Auburn Police Department on July 27.
After the Tigers’ win over Arkansas State on Sept. 10, coach Gus Malzahn announced that Rice had left the team for “personal reasons.”
The conversation can be seen below:
Accuser: “I said no to having sex,” the accuser, who is a student at Auburn University, 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: “Yes I knew it was wrong and I am sorry,” Rice wrote. “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,” Rice wrote. “Once again I am really sorry and I feel terrible about it.”
Accuser: “Just don’t do it again.”
Rice: “I’m not. I’m really sorry.”
The two did not text again until June 1 when Rice sent the below message:
Rice: “Hey just checking in on you and wanted to know if you are having a good summer. I’m not asking for you to forgive me but just hope you are doing well. Could u [sic] text back and let me know something please.”
The accuser texted Rice back two days later:
Accuser: “I said I wanted to be left alone. Im fine until I have to see or hear your name, so seeing it on my phone isn’t what I want. It’s bad enough having to hear my parents read an article about auburn football and it mention you, and then have them constantly question me on why I don’t like you. I can’t say anything because I’m that mortified by it. So please stop, I’m sorry but I just do not want to hear from you.”
According to AL.com, Rice then responded asking the woman “please just let it go and never bring it up again,” which sparked the below conversation:
Accuser: “Why? Because you don’t want it getting around and possibly affecting football???”
Rice: “It was a mistake and I know that it was wrong and I hope you know I’m sorry and I think about how wrong it was a lot,” he wrote. “I know it pains you but please just keep it to your self (accuser’s name) please. I’m sorry I texted you. Was just checking in on you. I’ll leave u alone.”
Accuser: “You do not have the right to contact me. Better yet, you do not have the right to shut me up. Trust me, it’s not the story that I want people knowing. I’m not saying anything to save your promising football career, I’m not saying anything because I’m too embarrassed and I don’t want people to know.”
Rice: “I’m sorry. So should I delete your number and if I see you in public just walk by? Is that okay?”
Accuser: “[It’s] in your best interest to stay the (expletive) away from me”
Rice: “Yes mam.”