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Questioning Of Kevin Olsen's Accuser Continues

Matt Walsh
Charlotte Observer
Kevin Olsen speaks to his attorney George Laughrun during trial in a Mecklenburg County courtroom on Tuesday

A text message exchange in which Kevin Olsen’s accuser told a friend Olsen isn’t a rapist was one focus of testimony in the second day of the rape trial. 

Olsen, who is the brother of Panthers player Greg Olsen, is charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of sexual offense.

Kevin Olsen’s former girlfriend says she didn’t initially realize what happened between her and Olsen in February 2017 was rape because they were in a consensual relationship at the time.

On Tuesday, Olsen’s lawyer George Laughrun asked her about a class she took at UNC Charlotte called Peer Health Education and listed the subject matters covered, including relationship violence and sexual assault.

"You had that class 39 days before this incident happened and you’re telling this jury that you didn’t think that it could be rape between adults who were involved in a relationship?" asked Laughrun. 

She answered, "Yes." She said it was unfair to say she should be an expert on sexual assault and relationships just because she had taken that class. She referenced a UNC Charlotte professor who was killed in a domestic violence incident.

The prosecution also called Olsen’s former roommate, Mitchell Monska, who was on the UNCC football team with Olsen. He testified that the night of the alleged rape, Olsen’s accuser came running into his room with an injury to her eye. Monska said she was crying and told him Olsen had tried to hang himself with an iPhone cable.


Sarah Delia covers criminal justice and the arts for WFAE. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.