A black University of Notre Dame student says he was the victim of a "manipulative and predatory scheme" in which a white school employee coerced him into a sexual relationship with her daughter, the South Bend Tribune reports. A lawsuit filed against the school and the employee also alleges she set up sexual trysts between her daughter and other black students, including basketball and football players. "She was exploiting African-American males," a lawyer for the unnamed student tells the New York Daily News. The complainant says when he sought tutoring during the spring semester, the worker "initiated, directed, and coordinated a sexually and racially motivated, inappropriate and demeaning relationship" between himself and her daughter, setting up transport and hotel rooms and providing condoms, then demanding details and making "racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess."
The story gets weirder: The student says when he tried to end the trysts, the tutor tried to convert him to Catholicism and sent him to a friend in the school's psych-support department for counseling, who then tried to "medicate [him] to keep him passive, cooperative, and under control," court documents say. The student says he told the school two weeks ago, but it "failed ... to remedy the situation," the suit says. "The failure to respond and react reflects a double standard … as the objectification would not have been tolerated under any other set of circumstances," a statement from the student's law firm says, per Sports Illustrated. A school statement calls the accusations "unfounded" and "a cynical attempt to attract publicity," per the Tribune. An internal school report seen by the Daily News, however, says the tutor was fired for violating ND's "values" and "discrimination harassment policy." (Louisville's coach says he didn't know about team sex parties.)