OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A woman who filed a petition for protection order against Oklahoma runner Rodney Anderson accuses him of raping her in his speech who fears for his safety.
The petition filed against Anderson on Monday alleges that the rushed leader of Sooners forced himself with the woman on November 16 and that she recalls "feeling that (she) could not escape."
Anderson's lawyer said in a statement Tuesday that the allegations are "obviously false" and that Anderson is "shocked and disturbed" by them.
"Mr. Anderson did not force himself, nor would he ever dare, a woman," according to the statement issued by attorney Derek Chance of Oklahoma City. A hearing on the protection order is scheduled for December 18.
The petition says that Anderson, 21, took the woman home walking after having been drinking and that she remembers kissing Anderson and vomiting. But while talking with a friend over the past weekend, the woman says that she "began to remember images and feelings … and trying to get away from him to put on clothes".
"He kept asking me what I thought he was doing," the petition says. "He knows where I live and I'm scared for my safety, this happened in my apartment."
In the statement, Chance said that the woman filed the protection order after she tried to find a relationship with Anderson and Anderson "rejected" several social invitations "from the woman.
" Although we can only speculate about the motives (of the woman) to seek a civil protection order, her claims arose only after Mr. Anderson did not reciprocate the desire to maintain a relationship with (the woman), "the statement said.
The Associated Press does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted without their permission to publish their name.
OU officials said Tuesday they are aware of the allegations and are working with the Norman Police Department, which is leading the investigation.
"The university takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and continues to gather information on this matter," the school said in a statement.  Anderson has One of Oklahoma's rising stars this year. He had injuries in the season that ended in the last two years, then started slowly this season before becoming one of the nation's most productive backups in the second half of the season. He leads the Sooners with 960 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and has 283 yards and five receiving touchdowns. Oklahoma plays against Georgia in a national semifinal on January 1.
Anderson took over this year from running back Joe Mixon, who was suspended for a year after he hit a woman in a restaurant in July 2014. Mixon is now with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.
The owner of this story has been corrected to show that Anderson is a runner, not a wide receiver.
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