Attorneys for Florida A&M University yesterday asked a judge to dismiss a libel suit against the university stemming from the hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion. The suit, filed by former band member Keon Hollis, alleges that he has suffered emotional distress after being falsely identified as one of the FAMU students dismissed from the university in connection with the November 2011 hazing ritual that killed Champion. From the Associated Press:
Hollis, a friend of Champion’s, was beaten by band members the same night that Champion died. In his lawsuit, Hollis says he suffered humiliation and emotional distress because of the article.
But FAMU contends Hollis is fortunate he wasn’t expelled. The university also questions any emotional distress by noting he has talked about the incident on national television.