Victim in high-profile Vanderbilt rape case testifies Thursday

Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg
Cory Batey (L) and Brandon Vandenburg (R)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The alleged victim of a high-profile rape case out of Vanderbilt University took the stand Thursday, saying she was “sore all over” and felt uneasy in the days following the alleged assault.

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are charged with raping Vanderburg’s then-girlfriend in his dorm room during the early morning hours of June 23, 2013. She was unconscious at the time.

The woman, who News 2 is not identifying, said the day after the alleged rape she felt “very out of it.” SLIDESHOW: Vanderbilt rape case

“I did not feel like myself. [I was] very confused, sick and nauseous,” she recalled. “I had a really bad headache and I was in pain in certain parts of my body.”

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey
Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey sit beside each other in court.

She also said she was sore in the days that followed.

“I was sore all over. Like I said, I was in pain, particularly my left shoulder, left wrist and right knee. I also had a lot of bruises on my legs. I did notice a few days later that I had bruises on my buttocks,” the victim said.

The young woman, who has since graduated from the Nashville university, stated she saw Vandenburg the next day after exchanging text messages with him.

“He told me that I had gotten sick in his room and he had to clean it up and it was horrible and he had to spend all night taking care of me. He said that some of his teammates had to help carry me up to his room because he wasn’t able to,” she said.

Vandenburg and Batey each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery alongside two other former teammates, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks.

Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

A trial date has yet to be set for McKenzie, who testified Tuesday, and Banks.

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