Brett Hankison, the ex-Louisville detective charged in Breonna Taylor shooting. sexually assaulted women, lawsuit claims

But when they got to Borders’s apartment, he didn’t leave, according to a lawsuit obtained by The Washington Post. Instead, she alleges, he followed her into her apartment, waited until she passed out on her bed, and then sexually assaulted her.

In the lawsuit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Tuesday, she said the man — former Louisville detective Brett Hankison — left her “physically injured and mentally battered.” And her attorneys allege that Hankison had a long history of preying on women.

Hankison, 44, made national headlines this year as one of three Louisville police officers directly involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black emergency medical worker who was killed while police raided her home in March. In September, a grand jury in Jefferson County indicted Hankison, who was fired in June from his job as a detective, with three charges of wanton endangerment in the first degree, alleging that he had endangered the lives of Taylor’s neighbors None of the officers faced charges connected to Taylor’s death.

Hankison has pleaded not guilty to the wanton endangerment charge. His criminal defense attorney, Stew Matthews, didn’t immediately return a message regarding the sexual assault lawsuit. It’s not clear who is representing him in civil court.

Borders said she first met Hankison in 2017 as he worked security at several bars in the area and they had a mutual friend.

On April 20, 2018, Borders joined a group of friends at a bar, where she had several drinks and spent some time talking with Hankison, who was in his Louisville Metro Police Department uniform and working security at the bar.

“Given that Margo was alone and that Hankison was sober and the police, she liked having that protection,” the lawsuit says. “The two looked over social media and laughed over the actions of some other patrons of the bar.”

As last call approached, the suit claims, Hankison dissuaded Borders from calling an Uber and offered to drive her home. He walked her to her door and then “invited himself inside her apartment and sat on her couch,” according to the lawsuit.

Borders then went into her bedroom to change and fell asleep. She alleges that Hankison then “went into her room, stripped off his clothes and willfully, intentionally, painfully and violently sexually assaulted Margo.” When Borders came to, she yelled at him to get off her, to which he then scooped up his uniform and left.

Later that day, Borders said Hankison messaged her and suggested the sexual act was consensual.

The incident left her in pain, both physically and emotionally, she said, and left her sheets and mattress covered in blood. She “remained in extreme emotional duress over both the assault and the feeling that any efforts made to hold Officer Hankison accountable for his actions would backfire,” the suit claims.

Hankison has a history of allegations of misconduct while with the LMPD, the suit notes, including 50 internal incident reports on his record — none

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Breonna Taylor lawyer, Lonita Baker, on why Black women must vote

EXCLUSIVE: OWN has partnered with NowThis for the get-out-the-vote campaign OWN Your Vote

With the presidential election just weeks away, it’s more important than ever that our communities come together and get to the ballots. OWN is helping spread that message with a multitude of programming and partnerships. 

The network recently partnered with NowThis for the get-out-the-vote campaign, OWN Your Vote, in an effort to provide tools and resources that will empower Black women to vote this November.

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Check out their exclusive interview with Breonna Taylor’s lawyer, Lonita Baker, as she discusses the importance of voting and how it relates to issues around Taylor’s case:

OWN Your Vote is designed to help Black women make a voting plan for this critical 2020 election cycle by recognizing obstacles to voting, including challenges around COVID-19, mail-in ballots, voter suppression, transportation and changing protocols and poll locations.

The campaign is also focused on connecting the everyday issues critical to Black women to the issues appearing on the ballot; empowering this key voting block to own their voting story and making a plan to ensure success at the polls; encouraging local community activism and leveraging personal networks; and collaborating with the voting rights partnership community to support mail-in voting, voter registration, volunteerism, transportation, and safety procedures.  

The network has also continued to roll out important programming like Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation- Vote! 

In the special that debuted this week on OWN, Emmy-award winning ABC News host Adrienne Bankert talks with special guests and real women covering topics related to the election, including having a plan for voting, key issues to the Black community, voting down-ballot, inspiring friends and family to vote, the social justice movements of 2020, youth and voting, and self-care.  

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