The original accuser has admitted she had lied to authorities.
Nicki Yovino, a Long Island woman, has been convicted of falsely accusing two football players of rape. She is said to have been rolling her eyes in court while she was being sentenced to a year in prison for her crime.
The woman had previously told the police that she was raped during a party that was hosted by the Sacred Heart University football team in Connecticut. She said two of the players had pulled her into a bathroom in the basement to have nonconsensual sex with her on October 14, 2016.
A few months later, Yovino admitted to lying about her alleged abusers. Her reason for lying involved another man: She didn't want to jeopardize a potential relationship with him.
The arrest warrant stated how Yovino put two man's lives on the line in order to save face after her acts of promiscuity.
“She admitted that she made up the allegation of sexual assault against [the football players] because it was the first thing that came to mind and she didn’t want to lose [another male student] as a friend and potential boyfriend She stated that she believed when [the other male student] heard the allegation it would make him angry and sympathetic to her.”
Malik St. Hilaire, one of falsely accused, spoke at her sentencing hearing.
“I went from being a college student to sitting at home being expelled, with no way to clear my name. I just hope she knows what she has done to me. My life will never be the same. I did nothing wrong, but everything has been altered because of this.”
The other man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has lost his football scholarship as a result of her lies.