Update: 4:30 pm – A former Badgers football player has been found not guilty of sexual assault.
Quintez Cephus testified on Friday morning that two women who accused him of assault had consented to having sex with him, despite their claims of being too drunk to consent. A jury agreed, and found him not guilty.
He told the jury that the women never specifically said that they consented to sex, but that they were willing and active participants.
Cephus was kicked off the football team last year and expelled from UW Madison at the end of the semester.
Former Badger football star Quintez Cephus testifies at his sexual assault trial today.
Cephus’ two accusers say they were too drunk to consent to sex that night in April of last year. Cephus maintains their encounter was consensual.
He’s testified that one of the accusers was dating teammate A-J Taylor, and told him “don’t tell A-J” as she objected to being photographed naked by another teammate, Danny Davis. Cephus testifies he saw Davis had his phone and urged him to take a photo of the women, which he now says he regrets.
Cephus says it was his first “threesome” and wanted Davis to come into his room. He also says one of his accusers asked him to choke her during sex, which he says he did not do.
He’s since been kicked off the football team, and left the university. The trial may go to closing arguments soon after Cephus’ testimony.