Alexander P. Broughton, the University of Tennessee student at the center of last month’s infamous alcohol enema incident, said today he had never heard of “butt-chugging” before he woke up in hospital.
Broughton, 20, arrived at the University of Tennessee Medical Center emergency room the morning of Sept. 22 unconscious with an injured rectum and a blood-alcohol level of nearly .45, more than five times the legal limit.
According to a UT police incident report, Broughton’s cousin, who helped take Broughton to the hospital, told a police investigator that Broughton and other fraternity members had been butt-chugging wine.
The term refers to using an alcohol enema to get drunk faster.
Tuesday, Broughton called a news conference on campus and, while flanked by his Knoxville attorney Daniel McGehee and fellow members of his suspended fraternity chapter, denied any and all such allegations.
McGehee said they intend to take legal action, but “it is yet to be determined” who they will bring a lawsuit against.
However, McGehee added that the initial witness interviewed by police at the emergency room, John Patrick Carney, has denied ever making any such claims. The lawyer said he would provide a sworn affidavit from Carney when a lawsuit is filed.
McGehee claimed university and hospital officials released “false and incorrect information.”
He also said that the UT Police Department incident report was released in violation of federal medical privacy laws.
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