Former Louisville officer, Brett Hankison who is currently being charged with wanton endangerment in the March police raid that killed Breonna Taylor, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman. The alleged assault occurred in April 2018.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by a woman who says she knew of Hankison through a mutual friend. She accuses him of sexually assaulting her after he gave her a ride home from the Louisville bar, where he was working a security job. She stated she was intoxicated and had fallen asleep in her bedroom when Hankison assaulted her. Once she regained consciousness. She yelled for Hankison to get off her. After the incident, she stated Hankison tried to cover his tracks by sending her a message on social media suggesting the assault was consensual.
The lawsuit states the plaintiff was,
Physically injured, mentally horrified, and remained in extreme emotional duress over both the assault and the feeling that any efforts made to hold officer Hankison accountable for his actions would backfire.
The lawsuit also includes statements of nine other women who allege sexual misconduct by Hankison. The suit accuses the former officer of using his police status and role as security at the local bar to intimidate and prey on women. He allegedly would offer them a ride home and then would make unwanted sexual advances or attempt to assault them sexually.
The lawsuit alleges several police officers, bar owner, and former chief of police knew about the alleged assault and did not do anything about it.