Courtesy of MailOnline:
EXCLUSIVE: High school footballer star apologizes for posting sickening picture of Ohio rape victim – but denies claims assault was revenge for being slighted by girl, 16
- Big Red Football star player, Cody Saltsman, 17, publicly said he regrets posting Instagram image that has come to define the case
- Steubenville High School student was present at earlier parties on night alleged rape took place and also called her ‘sloppy’
- Parents fought legal battle against claims made on internet that he wanted revenge and that he sent a message to victim’s father calling her a ‘whore’
- Mother says he is an ‘awesome kid’Saltsman’s apology, which he repeated on his Twitter account, comes as part of a legal settlement in a case brought by his family against investigative blogger and local campaigner, Alexandria Goddard and 25 John Does who had posted on her site.
Goddard has been key in highlighting the Steubenville case that has horrified America.
The Saltsmans had sought to remove claims linking their son to the events of the night from Goddard’s website.
Several posts berate him for his actions and others claim that the alleged rape was Saltsman’s act of revenge over a personal slight – planned by the footballer and carried out by his friends.One post from a user ‘mammabear’, which featured in the lawsuit, reads: ‘The plan began. Your friend will pretend to like her. You will have her bring him to the party where she can be… kidnapped, raped, sodomized, defecated on, photographed, videoed, HUMILIATED publicly OVER and OVER again.
‘You send her father a photograph of YOUR planned revenge and call his daughter a whore…call her sloppy.’