On June 23, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard J. Burdge, Jr. granted the request of Chester Brown, a current Mt. San Antonio College honor student and math tutor accused of rape, a temporary stay-away order against Maricruz Lopez, an organizer with The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary BAMN.
According to the press released by Werksman, Jackson, Hathaway and Quinn LLP, Judge Burdge’s orders will remain in effect until a court hearing scheduled for July 23, and requires Lopez to stay at least 100 yards away from Brown.
Mosavi, a peace and conflict studies major at University of California Berkeley and former Mt. SAC student, spoke in a video that was released on YouTube that accuses the Mt. SAC administration of covering up an alleged sexual assault.
Since April, according to the press release, BAMN protesters and others have organized daily “campus protests and social media attacks against Brown based on allegations by former Mt. SAC student Aarefah Mosavi that she was assaulted in December 2013.”
According to the press release, “after a six month investigation into Mosavi’s claims, Brown was cleared of wrongdoing by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and [the] Mt. SAC Public Safety Department. The investigators found that Mosavi’s description of events ‘drastically changed’ during the course of the investigation and, ‘Mosavi’s shifting accounts of the alleged incident erodes her credibility.’”
“Threats of violence do not belong on college campuses,” Mark M. Hathaway, an attorney representing Brown, said yesterday at the restraining order hearing. “Both the college and law enforcement conducted a thorough investigation over many months and simply found Mosavi’s false claims to lack credibility. Mosavi changed her story too many times.”
BAMN has not released a statement on behalf of Lopez or Mosavi at the time of publication. It is unknown if further demonstrations will occur on Mt. SAC’s campus.