Woman accused of lying about rape by Sacred Heart players faces judge

Nikki Yovino did not enter a plea, but her attorney says she will plead not guilty.

Nikki Yovino did not enter a plea, but her attorney says she will plead not guilty. (3/3/17)

BRIDGEPORT - The woman accused of lying about being raped by two Sacred Heart University athletes faced a judge Friday, and although she did not enter a plea, her lawyer says she will plead not guilty.

Nikki Yovino's attorney says there is more to the story that will come out later in court.

Yovino, 18, is accused of making a false rape accusation against two Sacred Heart football players, who were later suspended. They both said they had consensual sex with Yovino, which police say other students at the party appeared to verify. 

But both players ultimately had their scholarships revoked and withdrew from the school. Yovino's lawyer says she has also withdrawn from the school.

She claimed to have been raped at an off-campus party in October. Police say she later recanted that story and told them she made up the allegation because she did not want to upset a third man, whom she had an interest in. 

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