WeHo bar, basketball player sued in rape case

May 16, 2013

Philadelphia 76ers guard Nick Young and the Crown Bar in West Hollywood are the targets of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claims the NBA star drugged and raped her after an encounter in the nightclub in 2011.

The woman, referring to herself as Jane Doe in the court documents, alleges that Mr. Young drugged her champagne, took her to his apartment and raped her.

Her  allegations range from sexual battery and false imprisonment to intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

The Crown Bar in West Hollywood.

According to the complaint, the woman was at the Crown Bar, 7321 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, with a friend on Aug. 12, 2011, when Mr. Young, whom she knew from two prior meetings, approached the pair and offered them drinks.

She alleges that he used Gamma-Hydroxbutyric acid, or GHB — often referred to as the date-rape drug to make her woozy, whereupon he allegedly took her to his apartment.

According to Mr. Young, the two had consensual sex the night before, but stopped when she passed out. She demanded to be taken home and went immediately to UCLA Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center, where she took a rape kit and was tested for STDs.

She claims a test at the center confirmed she had been drugged, and determined the injuries to her vagina and rectum were consistent with rape.

Following the hospital treatment, the woman says she’s continued to undergo psychiatric evaluations.

Mr. Young, age 27, is originally from Los Angeles and spent three seasons playing for USC. At the time of the alleged incident, Young was a member of the Wizards, who would later trade him to the Clippers in March 2012. He went on to sign a one-year, $5.6 million deal with the 76ers last summer. 

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