'Friends' Shoot Video of Girl's Rape: Prosecutors

Florida teenager's assault was recorded and shown in court

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 12, 2014 4:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Last month, a story emerged from Florida about a 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by people she thought were her friends. Now a cell phone video of the attack has emerged, and it's horrible to see, CBS Miami reports. Prosecutors used the video in court to show how the girl had been dragged on the ground and beaten. "They don’t like this girl," a man is heard saying, and a woman responds, "I told you we were gonna f— somebody up." When the attackers give their victim a breather, a woman is heard saying they should let her go, but a man says she has to stay and perform a sex act.

In court, the victim said she was smoking marijuana and drinking beer with friends on a November night when one of her girlfriends Maced and attacked her, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The victim was then beaten, forced to have sex with Jayvon Woolfork, 19, and spat on when she left the Hollywood, Fla., house. "I just don't ever want to see them again," she told police. "I thought they were my friends." All five suspects, ages ranging from 16 to 19, have pleaded not guilty on two charges of kidnapping and two charges of armed sexual battery. The lawyer of 18-year-old Lanel Singleton, who shot the video, argued that Singleton should be tried separately because he was only a "bystander," but the judge chose to rule at a later date, NBC Miami reports. Click to see the video, but be warned, it's hard to watch.

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