A Washington D.C. man is suing Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. for a cool $2M over claims that he was hazed and swindled out of $3000. Also, he was allegedly forced to rub lotion on a cop’s body, while he was in his underwear.
Reports the Washington Post:
Harry Draughn Jr., 45, alleges he was beaten, smacked with a cane and told to perform tasks in his underwear as a spring 2015 pledge of the Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, according to court documents filed Tuesday morning.
The suit names the fraternity and one of the chapter’s intake chairmen, Jesse Stewart Jr., as defendants and identifies Stewart as a Prince George’s County police officer.
Draughn’s attorney, Jimmy Bell, said Kappa Alpha Psi has nationally had issues with hazing in the past, issuing a moratorium on membership intake last fall before lifting the ban in January.
“It makes no sense that a month later my client is being hazed,” Bell said. “They didn’t fix the problems. That is failed leadership.”
Oh, but that’s just the start of the struggle. Draughn made some pretty salacious (see what we did there?) charges in his lawsuit.
During the intake process, Draughn and another potential member of the fraternity were told to take off their pants and socks and “perform tasks around [the defendant’s] house in their underwear,” the suit claims. They were also asked inappropriate personal questions about their sex lives and were told to rub lotion on Stewart’s body, according to the complaint.
Draughn alleges he was beaten as part of the hazing, claiming Stewart smacked him and another pledge “on their bottoms with a cane” in February, the court documents state. A second beating occurred in March before Draughn quit, he said.
“Since the beating on March 23, 2015, Plaintiff has had to sit on a pillow while driving and is suffering from lower back pain, has not [been] able to sleep, has felt depressed,” the lawsuit states.
“I’m not a quitter, and I wanted to see it through to the end,” said Draughn of why he continued with the process. “I didn’t want to let my line brothers down.”
This is where we must point out that this man is 45-year-old and probably could have said any variance of “No,” “Nah,” “Nope” or “Not Me” when asked to spread the Jergens.
Photo: Harry Draughn Jr. via WUSA9 screen cap