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A 74-year-old grandmother burst into tears Friday as she described to lawmakers how she allegedly was sexually harassed by then LSU-star running back Derrius Guice in 2017 while working security at the Superdome — and how the school did nothing about it when informed.
“I’m not just here for myself,” Gloria Scott said, adding that she represents other women who have had similar experiences, or might in the future if she didn’t speak up. “I just had to come here today and let you all know that LSU hides a lot of things. A whole lot of things are going on on that campus. He scarred me.”
Guice was a 2018 second-round draft pick of the Washington Football Team who spent two seasons in the NFL. He was cut last August following charges of strangulation, assault, battery and destruction of property relating to three alleged domestic violence incidents. He is accused of committing sexual assault three times during his time at LSU and has denied all allegations through an attorney.
Scott’s allegation was previously known, but Friday she retold her account for the public to hear during the Louisiana Senate Select Committee on Women and Children. The alleged incident was said to have occurred when Guice and his friends were attending a high school football game, she said, according to multiple published reports.
“I like to f— women like you, you older women, because y’all know y’all like us young men to f— y’all,” Scott said Guice told her, according to USA Today. “And, you know you want this body.”
Scott said she asked Guice to stop but he only became more vulgar, including rubbing his body up and down from his chest to his genitals with a big smile on his face, when he found out she was a grandmother.
“I was so hurt, and I was so nervous and upset,” she said. “In all my life, I’d never had a man or child talk to me so disrespectful like he did.”
The incident was mentioned in a 148-page report released by a law firm hired to investigate LSU’s response to sexual misconduct cases. The report since has led to the departure of Kansas football coach Les Miles and Oregon State president F. King Alexander, both of whom were in those same roles at LSU during the bulk of the years investigated.
Scott said she informed current LSU football coach Ed Orgeron of the incident, and he offered to put Guice on the phone to apologize, asking that she “please forgive.” Orgeron denied ever speaking with Scott.
Guice was never disciplined for this alleged incident or rape allegations while at LSU, according to the law firm’s findings. Scott said she also brought her harassment incident to the police, who did not follow up.
Scott said the harassment went on for four minutes, with Guice’s unidentified friends laughing, until the group walked away. She claimed she was later moved from her normal security post at high school games with a warning from her supervisors: “Well, if they find out you’re putting a charge on Derrius, the football players might have a reaction.”
She recalled asking, “What do you mean a reaction toward me? ‘I’m the victim.’ ”
Louisiana lawmakers vouched to hold LSU accountable.
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