A former Virginia State Student has filed a $1.7 million lawsuit against Phi Beta Sigma for acts of hazing he endured while a pledge three years ago, The Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
Christopher Rudder alleges he was approached in fall 2008 to join the fraternity and began his pledge process on Jan. 4, 2009.
The lawsuit states he suffered severe emotional stress from hazing acts that included: being punched and slapped in the chest, stomach and back; being kicked with a boot in the neck and groin; being forced to engage in extreme calisthenics to the point of exhaustion; being forced to drink water out of a shared bowl; being forced to pass a rotten egg by mouth to another pledge; being yelled and screamed at and called demeaning and humiliating names; and being interrogated in an intimidating and threatening manner.
Additionally, the lawsuit that was filed in Chesterfield Count Circuit Court states Rudder was forced to eat “unknown materials” that made him vomit and had hot sauce poured onto his genitals.
Rudder suffered severe damage to his buttocks after excessive paddling, CBS 6 reports.
Rudder’s health was also in peril as he contracted the bacterial infection MRSA.
This isn’t the first time Phi Beta Sigma has been sued for alleged acts of hazing.
Donnie Wade II, a student at Prairie View A&M University, collapsed and died Oct. 20, 2009 after being forced to exercise with fellow pledges.
Wade’s family filed a $97 million lawsuit against the fraternity. The lawsuit was settled out of court, but the terms were not disclosed.
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