Former Buffalo Bill Accused of Sexual Assault
A former sports analyst and NFL Defensive End who spent four seasons playing in Western New York after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills has been accused of rape and sexual assault.
The allegation, which, according to the New York Post, was filed in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, accuses Marcellus Wiley of committing several illegal sex acts against a woman when they were both students at Columbia University in 1994.
Wiley, who was a standout football player for the Columbia University Lions at the time, is alleged to have forced the woman down and ripped her clothes off.
Lawsuit Filed Under New York's Adult Survivors Act
The allegations made against Wiley were filed with the New York Supreme Court under the Adult Survivors Act, which was passed in New York in 2022 and allows people who believe they were abused to file suit in state court regardless of when the abuse happened. The law, which only allows claims to be filed for one year, took effect in November 2022 and expires on November 24, 2023.
The lawsuit by the victim was filed on November 21, 2023, just three days before the Adult Survivors Act expired.
In New York State, we've seen several big sexual assaults filed under this law, including suits against Sean 'Diddy' Combs, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, rockstar Axl Rose, Jimmy Iovine, Donald Trump, and more.
According to Forbes, more than 2,500 of these lawsuits have been filed over the last year.
Wiley Denies The Allegations
In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Wiley vehemently denies the allegation that he committed sexual assault against the woman who filed the lawsuit against him.
In the long and detailed video he posted to the social media site, Wiley calls the allegations BS and says the suit is a way for the accuser to obtain a financial gain under the expiring New York State law.
Like any law, like anything, especially when you talk about civil suits, those protections get abused and this is certainly one of them. The statute of limitations for this was extended to November 24. And I think today is November 23... So y’all know what it is. We all know what it is...
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