A white former college student in Connecticut who was charged for falsely reporting that she was raped by two Black university football players changed her tune and blamed investigators for inflating her claim.
19-year-old Nikki Yovino, a former Sacred Heart University student, testified on Wednesday and completely changed her story when questioned by prosecutors, the Connecticut Post reports.
When she was asked about the tape, Yovino basically gave the court a who said that.
“You never told law enforcement you were sexually assaulted?” Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Trudeau asked Yovino.
“No, I never said I was sexually assaulted,” Yovino replied.
“Well then, why were they investigating a sexual assault?” Trudeau questioned.
“I don’t know,” Yovino shrugged.
During her testimony, Yovino repeatedly said she never told Bridgeport Police Detective Walberto Cotto or other investigators she had been raped in a basement bathroom by two Black football players at a party in October 2016.
“I never told [Cotto] I was sexually assaulted,” Yovino testified. “I told him that something happened in the bathroom at the party with these two guys, that I didn’t want to happen.”
While Yovino may claim she never said she was raped, police reports taken right after the alleged incident tell a very different story. According to police, Yovino said two Black men pulled her into the bathroom, held her down, and alternated turns sexually assaulting her, said court documents.
“I don’t want to be in here, I don’t want to do anything,” police said Yovino claimed she told the men. “My friends are waiting for me outside, let me go outside.”
Both men questioned said their encounter with Yovino was consensual.
According to police, Yovino admitted three months after the first report that she fabricated the allegations to get sympathy from another man she wanted to date.
“She stated that she believed when (the other male student) heard the allegation it would make him angry and sympathetic to her,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Yovino, who is charged with falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, faces up to six years in prison if convicted.
(Photo: Bridgeport Police Department)