Transcript for Quarterback Jordan Johnson Sex Assault Trial Begins
the trial of the star college quarterback. The former university of montana football player, accused of sexual assault. The alleged victim is taking the stand as the very first witness. This case has rocked the top college program and divided a community. "Gma's" legal analyst, dan abrams, is here. There's accusations the college hasn't been good on handling these allegations in the past. Inside the courtroom, it's a high-profile he said/she said, playing out in montana this week. With the alleged victim and the accused facing off in court for the first time. Her identity protected, she is the first witness called by the prosecution in a case that is bitterly divided the missoula, montana, community. The woman is accusing the former star quarterback, jordan johnson, of forcing her to have sex, after she invited him to her room. Taking the stand, she said how the two had flirted, even kissed. And the two made a plan to meet up the following night. What was your indication of him wanting to watch movies? I just wanted to get to know him. I didn't know him prior. Just get to kind of know him and see how school was going. Reporter: Johnson sat quietly, as they read the case against him in opening statements on monday. Her findings were consistent with nonconsensual sex. Reporter: The prosecution will argue that johnsond the victim up at her house. And it was there that things got ugly fast. He changed. His demeanor changed. He became more aggressive. And in her words, it got real scary, real fast. Reporter: But johnson's attorney told jurors a different story. Of a woman spurned. She encouraged him. She participated. She continued. But the fact that he didn't give her a relationship does not make what happened that night a crime. It's ultimately going to come down to who makes the stronger case. Reporter: This morning, johnson's accuser will be back on the stand to detail exactly what she says happened that night. And then, this jury will hear what could be a bruising cross-examination by johnson's attorney. In addition to the fact that a star athlete is on trial many are watching this case closely because local and university officials have been accused of ignoring or minimizing dozens of rape allegations, leading to investigations by the department of justice, the department of education, and the ncaa, as we talked about. This is going to be a tough cross-examination. I'm wondering about the dynamic in that courtroom. The defense attorney is a woman. It will be a woman asking these very tough questions. It has to be tough. The defense's position is, she's lying. She's making this up. This is not about misinterpretations or misunderstandings. The defense is saying, she's making up a story about what happened. And as a result, the cross-examination has to be tough. That's why these cases are hard for prosecutors. They have the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. And we turn to the shocking announcement overnight from lady
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