The Louisiana State University sorority member who was allegedly raped before being fatally hit by a car allegedly worked at the bar where she and the four male suspects drank it in the hours before the shocking attack .
LSU sophomore Madison Brooks, 19, sometimes worked with her Alpha Phi sorority sisters behind the bar counter at Reggie’s in East Baton Rouge, where she had been drinking the day before she died Jan. 15, the DailyMail.
Brooks posted several snaps online of herself at the bar, including one with two of her pals captioned, “3 little Reggie employees.”
It is not known if Brooks was officially employed by the drinking establishment. In Louisiana, the minimum age for bartending and selling alcohol is 18.
Meanwhile, the State Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on Tuesday suspended the bar’s liquor license due to “the seriousness of the allegations and the potential threat to public safety” in light of the case, reported The Advocate.
ATC Commissioner Ernest Legier said the emergency suspension will remain in place pending a hearing next month.
Police investigating Brooks’ death said she was captured on surveillance video entering the bar around 10 p.m. on January 14, when she was apparently not working, the Daily Mail reported.
She met a 17-year-old inside the bar and left with him drunk between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on January 15, police said.
Three other men joined the couple and got into a car, where two of them allegedly raped her before she was thrown nearby and run over by a ride-hailing vehicle, authorities said.
The 17-year-old and Kaivon Washington, 18, have been charged with third-degree rape, while Everett Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, face third-degree rape charges.
None of the suspects are students at LSU, The Advocate reported.
Carver told investigators that Brooks “was very unsteady on his feet, was unable to keep his balance, and was unable to speak clearly without articulating his words,” according to the affidavit.
His blood alcohol level was determined to be 0.319%, nearly four times the legal limit.
The 17-year-old and Washington allegedly raped Brooks in the back seat of Carver’s car. The suspects admitted she was “intoxicated” but claimed she was capable of giving consent to have sex, police said.
The suspects dropped Brooks off at a nearby subdivision, where she was struck by another vehicle around 3 a.m. on Burbank Drive near Pelican Lakes Parkway.
Prosecutors will seek enhanced first-degree rape charges against three of the suspects and plan to convene a grand jury in the case, WAFB reported.
District Judge Brad Myers said during bail hearings that he viewed a video taken by one of the suspects which shows them laughing “insensitivity” as Brooks mouthed his words inside the car, but does not show aggression.
The judge said he also reviewed footage from the bar that showed her tripping, falling and needing help to stand before the assault.
Defense attorneys for the suspects said the footage will prove the sexual encounter was consensual
Reggies’ attorney, Kris Perret, told the newspaper that the bar was cooperating with the investigation.
Bar owner Darin Adams did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Mail, which also reported that autopsy results revealed Brooks had traces of THC, or cannabis, in his system. at the time of his death.
Reggies has been involved in several incidents over the years, including in October 2015 when a 19-year-old man was accused of raping a drunk woman who left the bar, the Daily Mail reported.
In January 2016, 22-year-old LSU football player Dillon Gordon was stabbed in the drinking joint, according to the newspaper.
The following year, his license was reportedly suspended for 45 days after dozens of people were arrested, many of them for underage drinking.
And in May 2022, 16-year-old Carltez Tucker was shot outside the bar and a 24-year-old woman was injured. Three people were arrested in the incident, the Daily Mail reported.
LSU President William Tate said in a statement, “Madison was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, classmate and friend to many of you. By all accounts, she was an incredible young woman with unlimited potential. She shouldn’t have been taken from us like this. What happened to him is evil, and our legal system will do justice.
He noted that three of the suspects are minors, “but may have consumed alcohol at a local bar”.
Some campus advocates criticized his response.
Junior Myrissa Eisworth, president of Feminists in Action, said Tate’s statement appeared to blame Brooks for the crime.
“Speaking of alcohol, in a way he also blames her for the situation because she was drinking and underage,” she told The Advocate. “You should never blame the victims in these situations. It was really hard to read. »
Feminists in Action and LSU Democrats said in a joint statement, “We are glad you are outraged. But we urge you to direct this energy to redress the sexual violence our community faces instead of using alcohol as a scapegoat.