KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Surrounded by his fraternity brothers, Alexander Broughton addressed the media about alcohol enema allegations Tuesday afternoon.
Broughton denied that 'butt-chugging' was what landed him in the hospital the night of September 21st. He said he had never heard of the term until now.
“I made a bad choice regarding drinking. That decision almost cost me my life, and I deeply regret it,” Broughton said. “However, the scandalous accusations surrounding that event never happened.”
Attorney Dan McGehee stood by Broughton to explain what really happened.
He said some members of the fraternity went to the fraternity house and took part in a Tour de Franzia, although they were told not to.
“As a result of the drinking that took place that night, Alexander passed out and was taken to the hospital to be treated for potential alcohol poisoning,” McGehee said.
According to police reports, Broughton’s blood-alcohol level was more than five times the legal limit.
In a news release from McGehee, it was stated Broughton got drunk after drinking several beers and then taking part in a game that involves drinking or chugging wine.
He also addressed the suspicion of a possible sexual assault.
“When he passed out, he was lifted up by his belt, and the crotch of his shorts would have caused bruising in his rectum because it’s all dead weight,” McGehee told the media.
Stuck in the center of a nationwide scandal, Broughton said his reputation has been tarnished. But what really hurt him was the suspension of his chapter.
“At this point, it is my intent to clear my name, my fraternity’s name and to punish those individuals and institutions responsible for the lies that have been spread throughout the world,” Broughton said.
Those institutions include the University of Tennessee, UT Medical Center and UT Police.
McGehee said they had no right to release any information about Broughton as a student.
McGehee also attacked KPD, and the media for covering the ‘false accusations.’
Broughton and his attorney are seeking legal action against whoever they feel violated HIPAA and Broughton’s constitutional rights.