Former Ohio State running back Bri'onte Dunn testifies in rape trial, denies forcing sex

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A former Ohio State football player, now accused of rape, took the stand Thursday.

A woman says Bri'onte Dunn raped her in her home in August of 2017.

Dunn has refused any plea deals, insisting he is innocent.

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The woman testified that on August 20, 2017, Dunn forced himself on her in her apartment.

He denies that, saying she performed oral sex on him.

He says he attempted intercourse but was unable to perform.

"Are you telling us you touched different parts of her body?" asked defense attorney Joe Landusky.
"Yes," Dunn answered.
"Was it consensual?"
"Yes."
"Was she fighting you or screaming like she said?"
"No."

That day, she contacted police and underwent a sexual assault exam.

Dunn was charged with multiple counts of rape and arrested.

His accuser admitted contacting him multiple times after his arrest, at one point calling him 27 times.

"I said to her, 'You lied on me and said all this stuff about me and messed up my reputation and my name.' Her response was, 'What do you want me to do, call the football people and tell them I lied?'"

Jurors heard that recorded phone call, and the woman admits she offered to tell police she lied.

"You also ask her multiple times how do we fix this," said prosecutor Jennifer Rausch.
"Yes," Dunn answered.
"And you said zero times, 'go tell police the truth,'"
"No."

"Do you know why she would accuse you of such a heinous crime?" asked Landusky.
"I thought about it," answered Dunn. "I don't know if she was that mad that I didn't give her what she wanted, which was for her to come to Canada with me and have a baby. She was telling me that she loved me, and at that moment, before I left that night, I told her that I don't think things will work out."

Prosecutors dropped one of the three rape counts against Dunn.

Each count related to a specific sex act, and they said there wasn't the evidence to support one of those counts.

The case now goes to the jury.

If convicted, Dunn faces up to 22 years in prison.

Click here to watch the accuser's testimony.