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Chris Jones told detective he had consensual sex with woman who accused him of rape

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information provided by the University of Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A day after a 19-year-old woman accused former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones of locking her in a bathroom and raping her on Feb. 22, Jones told a detective the sex was consensual.

In a Feb. 23 interview with U of L Det. John Tarter, Jones said the woman was coming out of the bathroom when Jones was going in and she asked him if she had to leave.

“I said uh you don’t have to I’m a grown man you know,” Jones told Tarter, according to a 19-page transcript of his interview released on Wednesday along with some of the department’s investigative file into Jones’ rape case. “I wasn’t thinking nothing like having sex with her that night. Or nothing like that; so I didn’t remember her name or nothing like that.”

Tarter briefly asked Jones about a second woman who had also accused Jones of raping her. And Jones appears to tell Tarter he had never sex with another woman.

WDRB reported on Wednesday that Tarter had not asked about the second woman. The records provided to the media redacted the women's names. And Tarter told WDRB he didn't question Jones about the other woman because she had not come forward and decided to press charges at the time of the interview.

However, the University of Louisville said today that Tarter briefly asked Jones about the other woman. Jones denied having anything to do with her.

Tarter did not ask Jones any about of the allegations made by the second alleged victim.

Dina Bartlett, an attorney for the two women, said the other alleged victim "was not a prosecuting witness at the time....She had not yet decided to press charges at the time Det. Tarter interviewed Chris Jones."

In a short phone interview, Tarter said that Bartlett was "pretty correct." Asked if he followed up with Jones after the second woman came forward, Tarter said he only did the one interview.

"Once we did the interview with him and took a statement, we went to court and his counsel was not allowing any further contact with him," Tarter said. Tarter declined to discuss the case further right now, saying he just returned home from the hospital after having surgery.

On Feb. 22, after being examined at University Hospital, the 19-year-old told police Jones pulled her pants down after locking her in the bathroom and raped her. Initially, the woman said she did not want to prosecute Jones, instead asking that he “apologize for his actions,” according to an investigative document.

But Jones said the woman voluntarily came into the bathroom and sat on the counter that night.

“And I asked her do you have a boyfriend; she said no,” Jones told Tarter. “I said follow me on Instagram. So she goes for her phone and by time (sic) I look to see if she’s trying to follow me … she’s already following me on Instagram.”

After talking for a bit, Jones said the two began kissing and then had sex in the bathroom.

In April, a Jefferson County grand jury chose not to indict Jones and two co-defendants on any charges in the rape cases.

The grand jury issued a "no true bill" for Jones, Jalen D. Tilford and Tyvon Walker after two days of deliberations. Jones had been charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy. Tilford and Walker were both charged with rape.

After an Open Records Request filed by WDRB following the grand jury’s decision, the University of Louisville Police Department on Wednesday turned over more than 100 pages of documents and audio interviews with Tilford and Walker. Other evidence was withheld to protect the identity of alleged victims and students.

Among the evidence not released was a video from security cameras in the hallway of Cardinal Towne Apartment Complex, where the incident occurred.

The university said it could not “redact the footage in a way to protect the personal privacy of individuals seen on the footage.”

Tilford told police there was an argument in the hallway between the woman and Jones after they had sex.

In his interview, Jones said Tilford walked in the bathroom while he and the 19-year-old were having sex. He said they then went to a bedroom and continued having sex.

A short time later, Jones told police, Tilford told the woman and her friend they had to leave because his girlfriend was coming over.

After the women left, Jones said they came back less than ten minutes later “beatin’ on the door.”

Jones said the 19-year-old “just started questioning me and questioning me.

“…I guess she felt bad ‘cause you (sic) she done had sex and then she had to leave or whatever.”

Jones said the women eventually left and didn’t come back. He said he then met up with his girlfriend and the got food from McDonald’s.

But in a statement from Tilford, he said Jones calmed the woman down and she and the other woman -- identified only as the "Brazilian" in the statement -- came back into the apartment.

As the 19-year-old sat on the couch and watched TV, Jones ended up going into the bedroom with the other woman, Tilford told police, according to his statement.

Tilford said the woman Jones had previously been with knew Jones and the other female had gone into the bedroom, where they stayed for about 15 minutes. 

"When they came out both seemed fine," he said. "The 'Brazilian' girl was not angry or anything like that."

After the women left a short time later, "they were not angry or upset or saying anything except 'bye' and 'nice meeting you,'" Tilford told police.

Tilford said the entire time the women were at the apartment that night, he "never thought anything was wrong."

An attorney for Jones, Scott C. Cox, said the transcript was never turned over to defense attorneys and he declined to comment on what Jones told police.

Bartlett said UofL kept her and the alleged victims informed of what was being released to the media to protect their privacy. Bartlett said what was released to the media was “somewhat abbreviated.”

“There were reports of many witnesses testifying before the grand jury in this case,” she said. “In my past experience in these matters, typically witnesses would not testify in front of a grand jury if they had not been first interviewed by law enforcement.  I know Detective John Tarter to be very diligent and thorough and I feel sure he interviewed most, if not all, of the witnesses.  As such, I am curious as to why none of these interviews appear in the record.”

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