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Breonna Taylor Cop Sued by Lawyer for Sexually Assaulting Her
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=56994"><span class="small">Tessa Duvall, The Louisville Courier Journal</span></a>   
Wednesday, 11 November 2020 13:55

Duvall writes: "A new lawsuit filed against former Louisville Metro Police detective Brett Hankison calls him a 'sexual predator' who left an alleged victim 'physically injured and mentally battered.'"

Former Louisville Metro Police detective Brett Hankison is called a 'sexual predator' in a new lawsuit. (photo: Facebook)
Former Louisville Metro Police detective Brett Hankison is called a 'sexual predator' in a new lawsuit. (photo: Facebook)

Breonna Taylor Cop Sued by Lawyer for Sexually Assaulting Her

By Tessa Duvall, The Louisville Courier Journal

11 November 20


new lawsuit filed against former Louisville Metro Police detective Brett Hankison calls him a "sexual predator" who left an alleged victim "physically injured and mentally battered."

Margo Borders of Louisville is accusing Hankison of "willfully, intentionally, painfully and violently" sexually assaulting her after offering her a ride home from a bar in 2018.

Borders, a local attorney and University of Louisville law school graduate, publicly accused Hankison of the attack in a June 4 Facebook post shared more than 16,000 times. She called him "a predator of the worst kind" in a previous statement to The Courier Journal.

Hankison, 44, was one of three officers who fired a weapon at Breonna Taylor's apartment the night she died March 13, though officials said none of his 10 rounds struck the 26-year-old unarmed Black woman.

LMPD has since fired Hankison for his role in the shooting, saying he fired "blindly" into Taylor's apartment. He also faces three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for bullets that went into a neighboring occupied apartment.

Borders says on April 20, 2018, she saw Hankison working outside the Tin Roof bar while he was in uniform and she was a law student. They'd previously met in 2017 and had contact over social media.

After her friends left the bar, Hankison insisted on giving her a ride home and invited himself inside her apartment, the suit alleges.

Borders left Hankison on the couch while she fell asleep in her room, and Hankison sexually assaulted her, the suit said.

Once she regained consciousness, Borders yelled for Hankison to get off of her, the suit says. Later that day, Hankison messaged Borders and tried to "suggest that the two had engaged in consensual relations," it says.

The assault left Borders bloodied and in "tremendous physical pain," the suit alleges.

Hankison's attorney for the case couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Allegations in a civil suit represent one side of a story and are not evidence in a court of law.

The suit was filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, attorneys for Taylor's family, along with Steve Romines, an attorney for Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who has filed a civil suit against LMPD.

Walker fired a shot when police broke in Taylor's door during an attempted drug search. Police say the shot struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. Mattingly, Hankison and Detective Myles Cosgrove fired 32 shots in return, killing Taylor.

Walker was charged with attempted murder of an officer, but the charge was dropped after he said he didn't hear police announce themselves at Taylor's door. Walker is suing for wrongful arrest.

Borders' attorneys are joined by Harry Borders, the victim's father and an attorney at Borders & Borders, a law firm where Margo Borders works as a lawyer.

The suit also includes comments from nine other women who claim either inappropriate conduct or sexual assault by Hankison.

Another woman also publicly accused Hankison of sexual misconduct in an Instagram post liked nearly 450,000 times, the suit says. In it, she says Hankison offered her a ride home from a bar and proceeded to rub her, kiss her and call her "baby."

"Mortified, I did not move," she wrote. "I continued to talk about my grad school experiences and ignored him. As soon as he pulled up to my apartment building, I got out of the car and ran to the back."

The woman wrote that her friend reported the incident the next day, "and of course nothing came from it."

In addition to Hankison, the suit names former LMPD chief Steve Conrad, other police officers, the Tin Roof and its manager for failing to intervene or prevent Hankison's alleged conduct.

The failure of other officers who did not report or stop Hankison's actions was "unreasonable, unconscionable, conducted in bad faith and a proximate cause of the harms suffered by Margo," the suit says.

It also alleges that the Tin Roof knew Hankison "routinely identified intoxicated young women, put them in his vehicle while in uniform and left the premises with them while already beginning to engage in visible misconduct."

LMPD declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

The Tin Roof put out a statement Wednesday morning, saying Hankison was terminated in the spring and the bar now only uses internal security staff.

"We feel there is an obligation to provide a safe environment for guests as they enter and exit the venue and would never deliberately put the safety of our patrons at risk especially by those contracted to serve and protect," the statement said. "We find the allegations to be reprehensible, and our company does not tolerate abuse of power or discrimination in any form."

The suit seeks damages and attorneys fees for Borders. your social media marketing partner