Trey Songz suffered a huge setback in his legal battle with a woman who accuses him of sexual assault in a nightclub.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a decision was recently handed down by a Federal Appellate Court.
Earlier this year, a woman using the pseudonym Jane Doe filed a $10 million lawsuit against Trey accusing him of assaulting her in a Florida club. The court told the woman she had to reveal her identity before her case could proceed, which was unusual in the specific type of case. Doe appealed the decision forcing her to reveal her name. The higher court agreed with argument and said she did NOT have to reveal her identity. The court order read, “The district court abused its discretion in denying Ms. Doe’s motion for two reasons. First, it erroneously concluded that Ms. Doe would be required to disclose her identity at trial, contrary to cases showing that is not necessarily so. Second, it failed to properly consider Ms. Doe’s allegations about the stigma she claimed she would face as a result of her family’s religious beliefs.
Further, “the district court denied Ms. Doe leave to proceed anonymously before Mr. Neverson even appeared in the case, despite acknowledging that it “will not pose that great of a risk of unfairness” to him.”
The case will now go back to the district court and Jane Doe will not have to name herself at this point.