Maryland guard Dez Wells has filed a federal lawsuit against his former school, Xavier University, and the school's president, Father Michael Graham, in United States District Court in Cincinnati, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports is reporting.
The lawsuit was reportedly filed Tuesday, alleging that the school did not follow its established procedures following allegations of sexual assault against Wells last summer and that Wells was wrongfully expelled from the university in August 2012.
Wells was never charged and local prosecutors assigned to the the case said the allegations "didn't reach anything close to a standard of proof" to warrant a charge, according to media reports.
Wells' attorney asserts that his client suffered "severe emotional distress" following the allegations and he is seeking monetary compensation and "an overturning of the expulsion to clear Wells' name," though the North Carolina native has no intention of returning to Xavier, according to the report.
"From the moment this nightmare began, I've been trying to get everyone to understand that I am innocent," Wells said in a statement through his attorney, as reported by Yahoo!. "The supposed leaders at Xavier destroyed my reputation. It needs to make this right. Xavier needs to set the record straight."
After being expelled from Xavier, Wells transferred to Maryland and was granted an eligibility waiver to play immediately with the Terrapins during the 2012-13 season.
He averaged 13.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
More will be added as it becomes available.
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