Exclusive: The Vanderbilt Football Player's Interview from behind Bars
It’s a shocking story that is making headlines across the nation: Two former Vanderbilt University football players, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, both 21, recently were found guilty of raping an unconscious female classmate in a campus dorm room in June 2013 after a night of drinking. In a Dr. Phil exclusive, Cory speaks out for the first time. What does he remember about that night? And, why does he believe he deserves a second chance?
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Caught on CameraOn that night in June 2013, surveillance footage shows Brandon Vandenburg carrying a female student — whom authorities say he had been dating — from her car and into a dorm room on Vanderbilt’s campus while accompanied by several of his teammates, including Cory Batey. Prosecutors say cell phone photos were taken inside the room before the group then carried the young woman to Vandenburg’s dorm room, where she was sexually violated. Prosecutors say Vandenburg took pictures and video of the assault and then shared them with friends.
Cory testified in court that he was heavily intoxicated that night. "I was just … drunk out of my mind," he said. "This is something I would never do in my right state of mind."
On January 27, 2015, Cory and Brandon Vandenburg were found guilty on multiple counts, including aggravated rape and sexual battery — some of which carry a maximum of up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is set for early March.
Cory, who is facing up to 145 years in prison, sits down for an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil.