The woman accusing an NFL rookie of rape is speaking out.
Matt Araiza was drafted by the Buffalo Bills into the NFL last April, but his future seems to be over as he is currently being sued for sexual assault. The 18-year-old woman who accused him alleges that Araiza and two other San Diego State University players assaulted her for more than an hour at a party in October of 2021 when she was just 17.
She said her phone was taken from her, her piercings were ripped out and she was left bleeding after the alleged assault.
“I was crying, and my friend asked me what happened,” the woman, who was 17 when the incident allegedly happened, told CBS News. “And I told her, ‘I had just been raped.'”
She stated she wrote in her journal the next day: “All I keep replaying in my mind is being face down in a random bed just waiting for it to be over.”
“I was having to deal with this horrible traumatic experience that I never asked for,” she said.
Araiza’s attorney, Kerry Armstrong, says his client is being shaken down for money.
“I would be very surprised if they ever charged Matt Araiza with anything in this case,” Armstrong told CBS News. “If she really was raped in that back bedroom, that’s horrible. It’s a horrible thing to happen to anybody. But all I know is that Mr. Araiza had nothing to do with it, and the only thing I can think of as to why she’s included him in this civil lawsuit is because of money.”
When asked about the accusation that her intention was to shake Araiza down for money, the accuser said she felt “sick to the stomach.”
“I reported it the day after it happened. I was 17 years old and I had no idea who Matt Araiza was,” she said.