WATCH: Video of Rutgers brawl that led to charges against Leonte Carroo
An attorney representing star Rutgers wide receiver Leontee Carroo after he was alleged to have violently thrown a woman to the ground Sept. 12 has released video he says shows Carroo is innocent.
It's hard to make out exactly what's happening in two cell phone videos released by attorney William Fetky — who is representing Carroo in Family Court, where his alleged victim is pursuing a restraining order. It's clear there's a brawl, perhaps more than one. But who's who, and who's responsible for what — that's harder to tell even in careful viewings.
But Fetky says the mobile phone videos, recorded by a member of the crowd outside show Carroo wasn't the aggressor — and didn't even touch his alleged victim. He was prepared to make that argument, with supporting testimony from witnesses, in court Wednesday but the matter was adjourned so the alleged victim could get an attorney, he said.
The two videos, shown above, have been combined into one video file, and a moment of audio is blanked out because of profanity. They are otherwise unedited by New Jersey 101.5.
Fetky provided the alleged victim's name, though New Jersey 101.5 is declining to publish it while she is considered by authorities the victim of a domestic violence incident. New Jersey 101.5 has not yet been able to contact her.
He said the woman is a Rutgers "greeter" — a volunteer who helps new students acclimate to the school. According to Fetky, in the first video, several greeters — all in red tops — confront Maria Vega, Carroo's current girlfriend, outside the Hale Center in Piscataway. Carroo himself isn't anywhere in that video, he said.
"You'll see there's a group of girls dressed like that (as greeters)," he said. "They're attacking a woman — the only woman with white pants. That's Maria Vega."
Fetky said Vega's "hair is pulled, she's slapped in the face — but she doesn't want to pursue anything. She's waiting for Leonte to finish his (post-game) press conference and be done with the matter."
According to Fetky, the alleged victim and Carroo had a one-night stand some time ago. "Apparently, she has bad blood for Maria," he said.
The second video takes place several minutes later. Fetky said in that incident, the girls confront Vega again. Carroo and friend Shane Turner run to intervene, and Turner pushes the alleged victim to the ground, Fetky said. Carroo didn't do anything other than grab Vega, to pull her away, he said.
According to Fetky, Turner was prepared to testify to that effect. New Jersey 101.5 has reached out to Turner seeking comment.
Carroo has been charged with simple assault, as have Vega's father and Carroo's mother. Carroo has also been suspended from the Rutgers team. The alleged victim has not been charged.
Fetky claims the alleged victim — who has not been charged — knew Turner and would have recognized him during the encounter.
"He's been suspended, he's been charged, he misses the game against Penn State, he's missing all these games — and this kid did nothing," Fetky said.
Carroo is due back in Family Court Oct. 6. Fetky is not representing him on the criminal charges.
Louis C. Hochman is digital managing editor for NJ1015.com. Reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @LouisCHochman.