Rape accuser faces former MSU star Mateen Cleaves in court

The woman accusing Mateen Cleaves of rape took the stand Thursday.

- The alleged victim in the Mateen Cleaves rape case took the stand Thursday offering chilling and at times graphic testimony of the purported incident

Cleaves is accused of sexually assaulting the woman he's said to have met at a charity golf outing in September of last year. The woman says she invited him to a bar for drinks and then the two went to a Flint area motel.

The alleged victim in the Mateen Cleaves rape case took the stand Thursday, offering chilling and at times, graphic testimony of the purported incident

Prosecutor: "After you told him you wanted to go home, what happened?"

"He began kissing me," she said.

Prosecutor: "Where was it he began to touch you?"

"His hands were in my private areas," she said.

Prosecutor: "Can you be more specific."

"Between my legs," she said.

Cleaves is accused of sexually assaulting the woman he's said to have met at a charity golf outing at Warwick Hills Country Club in September of last year.

The woman says she invited him to a bar with her friends for drinks and told the court she left with Cleaves thinking they were going back to the country club -- instead she says he took her to a Flint area motel.

"I believe I had said I had a boyfriend, he was married and I wanted to go home," the woman said. "We were on the bed, he was on top of me, I had pushed him off of me and ran out of the room."

The woman says Cleaves pulled her back inside.

"I remember being back on the bed," she said. "He was touching me with his hands."

She says penetration followed, at which point she ran out of the room a second time only to be forced back in.

She says she next remembered being in a room with a woman to whom she mouthed the words 'help me' when she tried to getaway.

Cleaves' lawyer Frank Manley questioned the woman's memory of what allegedly happened that night and asked the woman if she clearly and verbally denied consent to sexual intercourse.

The hearing for whether Cleaves will face trial continues Friday.


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