Former Philadelphia University Student Sues Over Sexual Assault Expulsion

Anthony Villar says he was railroaded by his ex and the school.


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Anthony Villar (left) was a junior at Philadelphia University until January 23rd, when he was expelled by the school after his former girlfriend accused him of sexual assault just five weeks earlier. And now Villar has filed a federal lawsuit against both the school and his ex, claiming that she lied and that the school barely bothered to investigate before kicking him out.

The way Villar tells it, he and the woman had been in a sexually active romantic relationship that began back in 2011. She spent the fall semester of 2013 studying abroad in Denmark, and Villar picked her up at the airport on December 13th upon her return. The couple went to his apartment in East Falls.

According to Villar’s suit, the biopsychology major offered to give his girlfriend a massage and that consensual intercourse followed. Then they drove to her parents’ home in New Hope for dinner. The next day, says Villar, he had another dinner with her parents.

After that second dinner, Villar says that his girlfriend received a text from a fellow Philadelphia University student. Villar grabbed the phone and put it in his pocket. And then he fessed up: He had become sexually active with that fellow student while his girlfriend was in Denmark. He says he apologized and left.

Two days later, according to the suit, Philadelphia University Dean of Students Mark Govoni summoned Villar to a meeting. He informed Villar that his ex had accused him of sexual assault. A hearing was held five weeks after the alleged assault.

After a 60-minute hearing and 45 minutes of deliberation, Villar was expelled. No criminal charges have ever been brought against him.

Villar is suing Philadelphia University for, among other things, breach of contract and discrimination. The suit is one of a handful of “reverse Title IX” lawsuits around the country, including one at Swarthmore College, which reporter Simon van Zuylen-Wood explored in “Rape Happens Here” in the May issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Villar is also suing his ex for emotional distress and defamation. Both the school and the woman declined to comment for this article.

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  • Katherine D.

    Could this article be more biased towards the male?

    • Captain Obvious


    • Golfwidow

      Now let me preface this by saying I am only referring to the article above. This is the first I’m hearing of this case and am only replying because your comment only refers to this article.

      If no one is contradicting his story, I’m not sure how it is biased toward the male. I’m only reading it as basically a time-line of what he said happened.

      Is there anyone out there disputing anything he said? Did he eat dinner with the family both nights? Was there a text message from another student he cheated on his girlfriend with (which I think, if anything, paints him in a poor light). Was the complaint filed 2 days after the text message was discovered? Was the reported time of the trial and deliberation incorrect? Are there lawsuits against the school and the woman?

      None of what I read above contradicts what was written, nor slants in either direction. They don’t even have a quote from him saying it’s not fair or he has been ostracized and hurt and yada yada yada. The woman and school did not comment. There were no criminal complaints, so no public records. Since there are no direct quotes from anyone, I’m assuming that most of the information provided above is available to public in the lawsuit but dumbed down so regular people (non-lawyers) can understand what it is about. This is why the term “consensual intercourse” was used in the story. It’s from HIS account from his lawsuit. Later on, the term “sexual assault” is used, because that is according to HER complaint. If there was a criminal complaint or a counter lawsuit against the male, then the woman’s allegations would be known in more detail. They aren’t so we don’t know what her story is except she accused him of sexual assault. It could have happened during consensual intercourse in that he did something she did not want to do (use your imagination). But we don’t know the details of the assault, because the allegations, since they were only made against him in the confines of the school, are not public (I assume). Furthermore, the article does not make any claims that the allegations made by the woman were done maliciously and without merit.

      It is a local story that has ties to a national one and I see no bias either way. If you see it as biased towards the male, I would like to know how you came to that conclusion.

    • Christopher Sawyer

      Did you bump your head or do you need to go get a PACER account and read the Federal complaint for yourself, as this is a article about a court case and it’s intended to repeat what the plaintiff said in their complaint?

  • Len Bias

    Could expelling a student for infidelity be more biased against a male?

  • Llosgli

    You have to understand, this is not about rape, but about the fact that feminist and traditionalist women are flipping out over the fact that men at colleges have more sexual power then women.

    As we can see, traditionalist/conservatives are giddy with glee that the marxists are using their penchant for terror in a way conservatives agree with. This rape hysteria is further proof both political parties are engaging in a gender war against American males.

    • Christopher Sawyer

      It’s a Title IX federal suit, not an uprising of Bolsheviks. Call back in 2 years when the case is thoroughly litigated out.

  • Don Surber

    I hope he gets the school’s entire tax-free endowment

  • fools2234
  • Bean

    Please understand that this has nothing to do with guilt or innocence, but everything to do with Title IX funding. There has been a push to make reporting a sexual assault on campus easier for victims. I am all for that. However, after the report, the actual investigation should be done by law enforcement. After the law enforcement investigation is completed, then the university can decide to expel the student if they are found guilty. Universities are not equipped to investigate crimes and hand out rulings that in the “real world” would be a felony. Accused of plagiarism or underage drinking? Fine, handle that on campus. Accused of rape? That is a matter for the police. The campus can and should have people available to facilitate a victim to make the necessary reports. Did this accused man have anyone from the university facilitate his defense? I bet he didn’t. These conduct panels are made up of fellow students, administrators and teachers at the school. Essentially, when students attend a university, they are giving up their constitutional rights and are subject to the rules of the university. Many accused men have been expelled from universities without due process because of Title IX. Easier to kick them out and keep their funding. Don’t undermine real rape cases with what appears to be a scorned woman angry that her boyfriend cheated. While cheating isn’t nice, it is certainly not criminal. If it turns out that her accusation is not true, will she be expelled for lying? Where does that fall under the code of conduct? I am a woman and of course want women to feel safe when reporting a sexual crime. I am also a mother of boys and want their rights protected too.. Something needs to change, and not the way Obama is proposing. He wants to “streamline” the process and reduce the panel down to one person. I see more lawsuits against universities in the future.

  • disqus_R1MMfZW56V

    Mark Govoni is the worst dean. How does he still have a job? He lets his pride get in the way of justice.