WNBA All-Star and Atlanta Dream guard Layshia Clarendon has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a University of California athletic department employee, according to a new report Kate Fagan and ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
According to the report, Clarendon says in the suit that Mohamed Muqtar assaulted her during her freshman year at Cal-Berkley in 2009. Muqtar has worked in the athletic department for more than 25 years, and he is named as a defendant in the suit, along with the Cal-Berkley regents due to claims of negligence.
Clarendon alleges that Muqtar invited her back to his apartment during her freshman year and followed her into the bathroom before assaulting her. In the lawsuit, Clarendon also alleges that Muqtar would meet student-athletes away from campus.
Fagan also says in her report that she spoke with a former instructor at the school who said that numerous athletes confided in her about what they deemed “inappropriate behavior” by Muqtar. The instructor was told by officials that nothing could be done unless the women “came forward with details.”
Following Fagan’s report, Clarendon shared the story on Twitter.
“My biggest hope is that (Muqtar) never does this to anyone else,” she tweeted. “That no one else has to suffer under his hand, or him violating their bodies again. That this would be the end of him assaulting people. #TimesUp.”