San Diego State basketball standout sued for allegedly sharing sex videos

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San Diego State basketball standout sued for allegedly sharing sex videos

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San Diego State basketball standout sued for allegedly sharing sex videos


Two women have accused San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels of recording them performing sex acts and distributing the videos through social media to friends —- including members of his high school basketball team.

A civil suit has been filed on behalf of one of the women, attorney Joan Mell told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. She said the lawsuit seeks damages representing “whatever the value Jalen McDaniels can figure out violating these women’s privacy was worth,” but it does not specify any monetary amount.

The alleged incidents occurred in 2016 when McDaniels was a star player on the Federal Way (Wash.) state champion squad.

“When you take an intimate moment without women’s consent, you’re taking something that they can’t get back,” Mell said. “We’re going to try to take it back and pick up the pieces as best we can.”

Mell said she also plans to file a second invasion of privacy suit next week on behalf of the second woman against McDaniels and the school district, after the school’s basketball coach was allegedly told about the incident but failed to report it.

Gwen Gabert, now 20, said McDaniels used his cell phone without her permission to record her performing a sex act on him. She told police in April 2016, but no charges were filed.

“When I came forward, the reason he didn’t get in trouble was because he was an athlete. People didn’t want to hurt his career,” Gabert told USA TODAY Sports. “I wasn’t valued at all.”

After a second investigation this fall, police recommended two counts of voyeurism against McDaniels. However, the King County prosecutor’s office chose not to press charges.

Gabert and Tally Thomas, 19, went public with their allegations in October and November without specifically identifying McDaniels. That changed Wednesday with the filing of the civil suit.

“Sharing my story is a way to help other people understand the consequences of what happens when people do things like this,” Gabert said. “I was in treatment for a year, cost my parents a lot of money. (There are) so many medical bills that we will use (settlement) money for.”

McDaniels’ attorney said he’s aware of the investigation.

“The police have looked at it twice, and the D.A.’s office has rejected any criminal charges,” Jeremy Warren told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He looks forward to his day in court.”

McDaniels, a sophomore forward, is the 5-4 Aztecs’ No. 2 scorer this season, averaging 14.9 points per game.

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