Indiana Fraternity Has Charter Stripped After Explicit Video Surfaces
A national fraternity revoked its Indiana University chapter's charter and shut it down Thursday following the release of a video that appears to show a fraternity member having sex with a woman identified as an "exotic dancer" as others watch and cheer.
The national Alpha Tau Omega fraternity's action came just hours after the university announced it had suspended the campus chapter while it investigated the recording that surfaced on social media.
Alpha Tau Omega's Indianapolis-based national office said the "highly inappropriate and vulgar video" from a smartphone shows an event last week involving a 21-year-old member of the chapter and two female exotic dancers hired by one of the members.
It said the event involved about half the chapter and no pledge was compelled to participate.
"Regardless, the actions are contrary to the ideals and principles of Alpha Tau Omega and are highly offensive," ATO said in a statement on its website.
The 29-second video circulating on Twitter shows a fraternity member performing a sex act on a woman on a bare mattress, while more than a dozen men stand by watching, according to the Indy Star newspaper. A second naked woman is seen standing nearby.
Music can be heard in the background alone with yelling and cheering from the group, according to the newspaper.
IU issued a statement Thursday, saying, "The university applauds the national chapter's swift and strong action and is in full agreement with this decision."
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