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James Franklin Expected to Testify in Rape Case Hearing via Skype

James Franklin is expected to testify today via Skype during a pretrial hearing for former players Franklin coached at Vanderbilt that have been charged with rape.

Brandon Vandenberg, Corey Batey, Brandon Banks, and Jaborian McKenzie — all of whom played for Franklin while he was the head coach at Vanderbilt — stand trial for rape. Early on June 23, 2013, they allegedly raped a student while on campus. The players were quickly dismissed from the team, and Franklin was cleared of wrongdoing. On August 9, 2013, the four were indicted on multiple aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery charges.

Their trial is expected to begin Nov. 3.

Franklin’s name was splashed across headlines when a filing by the defense suggested the coach had contacted the alleged victim four days after the incident.

Franklin responded, and said, “The allegations that I did something wrong are simply not true. I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further.”

The alleged victim, according to the defense attorney, had aided the football team in recruiting. Franklin, allegedly, wanted to make sure she was okay.

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