Updated Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m.
LSU Interim President Tom Galligan told WAFB on Thursday that the school is investigating the two 2016 rape allegations against former star running back Derrius Guice, published in USA Today on Wednesday.
“We take every allegation of sexual misconduct very very seriously,” Galligan told WAFB. “It’s our goal to eliminate and eradicate sexual violence and sexual misconduct from our campus.”
USA Today investigated the claims, finding that the allegations were brought to at least two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse. The school did not launch an investigation into either incident, the report found.
In a statement Guice's attorney denied all allegations.
"At no time were allegations of physical or sexual assault brought against Derrius during his years as a student athlete at LSU," the statement read. "To bring up such assertions only after the Virginia charges were initiated certainly calls into question the credibility, nature and timing of what is being alleged years later.
"Such speculation and innuendo should not be the basis for Derrius to be required to make any comment at all," the attorney added. "But he wants to be absolutely clear. The allegations in this story are just that and have no basis in fact."
Neither woman reported the assaults to LSUPD or BRPD. It is uncommon for victims of sexual assault to file police reports.
Guice was recently released from the Washington Football Team after he was arrested on domestic violence charges on Aug. 7. The Washington Post reported he was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. According to court records, Guice strangled his girlfriend until she lost consciousness in one of three assaults.
Former LSU football star and Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence-related charges after turni…
LSU did not answer USA Today's pointed questions, instead releasing a statement.
“LSU and LSU Athletics take all accusations of sexual assault with the utmost seriousness. Formal complaints are promptly and fully investigated and the rights and privacy of students are protected as stipulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Complainants are also strongly encouraged to report the offense to law enforcement and are provided information on health care, counseling and supportive measures available.”