UNC football player slams rape accusation as 'false'

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A football player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill accused of sexually assaulting a female student is defending himself, claiming their one-time encounter was consensual.

"I need my little brother to see me stand up for myself here," Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker, said in his first public comments released Tuesday. "I want him to know that a false accusation will never intimidate me."

Artis faces civil charges filed against him by his accuser, 19-year-old Delaney Robinson, who said during a news conference two weeks ago that the assault occurred at an on-campus apartment while drinking with friends. She said she did not know her alleged attacker.

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NBC News does not normally identify survivors of alleged sexual assault but is doing so in this case because Robinson chose to come forward.

Prosecutors are still reviewing the case and have not decided whether to press criminal charges against Artis.

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How many UNC students have been expelled for cheating in 4 years since our complaint..have any been expelled for rape? ANY?!
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UNC AD Bubba Cunningham said in a text that athletic department is not involved in "university processes" regarding sexual assault cases.
As a fan and an alum, but mostly as a human being, I want this #UNC rape case made right, and right soon.
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Robinson accuses investigators of dragging their feet and said she "did everything a rape victim is supposed to do" by reporting what she believed happened.

UNC-Chapel Hill has said it cannot comment on Robinson's allegations under federal privacy law.

Artis, meanwhile, has been suspended from the Tar Heels football team per university policy.

His attorney, Kerstin Walker Sutton, said in a statement that Artis continues to get emotional support from the team. She told NBC affiliate WCNC that he took a polygraph test and the results came back "no deception."

"I'm not saying she's lying," Sutton said of Robinson. "I'm saying we have facts that support that what happened that night was completely consensual. In every one of these cases we work on, both sides completely believe what it is that they believe."

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