USC student cleared of rape charges, so why is he still facing possible expulsion?

USC student cleared of rape charges, so why is he still facing possible expulsion?
Armaan Premjee (Image: CBS News video screen grab)

The proof of Armaan Premjee’s innocence could not be more conclusive. In April, Premjee, a junior at the University of Southern California, became the latest college-age male to be accused by a coed of having sexually assaulted her.

At the time of his arrest, Premjee told authorities that his 19-year-old accuser wanted to leave the Los Angeles nightclub they had been frequenting to go back to her dorm room and have sex with him. The woman countered Premjee’s claim, insisting that she had been too drunk to give consent.

Premjee was arraigned on charges of sexual misconduct, and his bail was set at $100,000.

That was before his legal team obtained security video from the club and the lobby of her dorm. Via CBS Los Angeles:

The security video shows the woman leading Premjee out of the club and shows her making a sexual gesture to her friend behind Premjee’s back.

She’s then caught on video signing them into her dorm.

“She knew what she was doing, she was able to stand on her own two feet, she led the way,” Premjee noted.

After seeing the video, the judge dismissed the case saying “I believe there was consent.  There is a very strong indication that the alleged victim in this case was the initiator.”


The DA’s office says it will not refile charges.

So why is USC’s Title IX office proceeding with its own investigation and warning that Premjee could still be expelled? He has been exonerated in the eyes of the law. Does the administration know something the police don’t, and if so what? It is their legal responsibility to provide material evidence in the case, if they have any.

Is it possible that this university still believes there is a widespread “campus rape crisis,” despite massive evidence to the contrary? If so, they should have much to answer for — and not only to the young man they are persecuting.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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