Woman Who Accused University of Montana Quarterback Jordan Johnson of Rape Cross-Examined by Defense in Missoula Trial [AUDIO]
Warning: Some testimony reported in this story contains descriptions of sexual activity, and may be disturbing to some readers.
Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 13, it was defense attorney David Paoli’s turn to cross-examine the young woman who has accused suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson with sexual intercourse without consent.
Paoli walked the young woman, a fellow student at the University of Montana, through the few weeks and months before the alleged rape, traveling much of the same ground that prosecutor Joel Thompson had covered.
Step by step, Paoli went through the events of Feb. 4, 2012, from the afternoon when she fell asleep on the couch in the Missoula home she shared with two male roommates, to when Johnson called and she agreed to pick him up at his home and come to her place to watch a movie.
Paoli showed the jury a diagram of the home, where the woman’s bedroom was in relation to the front room where her roommate was playing a race car video game just a few feet away.
Paoli, in a series of yes or no questions, asked the young woman if she and Jordan kissed? Yes. French kissing? Yes. The kissing stops, then begins again. You nibbled on his ear? Yes. You both gyrated against each other sexually? Yes. You playfully rubbed his crotch? Yes. You took your shirt off? Yes. You helped him take his coat and shirt off? Yes. Then, Paoli asked the young woman about the sexual act and why she did not provide more resistance. Why she did not just leave the bed, or call out to her roommate. She replied that she ‘just shut down’
Minutes later, after Johnson went into the bathroom, the woman texted her roommate just outside the door writing something to the effect of ”I think I might have just gotten raped.”
After the incident, she gave Johnson a ride home. Neither spoke to the other until he got out of the car and said, ‘Well, thanks.’ She said she drove away in tears.
Later, as Paoli’s questions continued, he asked the young woman if she had contacted a prominent law firm in Atlanta at the suggestion of a counselor. Paoli asked if she read the firm’s website which displays the large monetary awards won through their litigation. She said she did not see that part of the website. Paoli then asked the young woman if she planned to sue Jordan Johnson, The University of Montana or the Grizzly football team. She answered no to each question.
At the close of testimony, Paoli asked the young woman to read aloud a portion of the statement she had written called (her name)’s Reflections. In the statement she says she regrets giving Johnson mixed signals; by wearing the wrong clothes, by making out, and by taking her shirt off, and that she should have screamed out to her roommate and used more force to resist.
In the courtroom were Johnson’s parents, former University of Montana athletic director Jim O’Day, whose son Brian will be a witness in the case, and University of Montana head coach Mick Delaney.
Alleged victim statement
The trial continues at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in Missoula County District Court.