NBC’s Today Show this morning reported on court documents they say suggest a history of drug and alcohol use for former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault last week.
The Today Show clip, which you can view here, says NBC obtained court documents that showed text messages from Turner’s phone talking about drinking and drug use during both high school and college.
NBC also includes excerpts from the court document in which Turner says “Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol,” and denies ever having used “illicit substances.”
But NBC reports that the text messages referenced in the court document reference drinking and “buying and sharing weed,” in both high school and college. NBC says more text messages show Turner claiming to have done acid and expressing interest in “candyflippin,” which is the act of combining LSD and MDMA.
It should be noted that recreational marijuana – while legal in certain states – is currently illegal in both California and Ohio.
NBC also reports that Turner had been previously cited for underage drinking and possessing a fake ID, and that one letter of support used in his trial has been withdrawn by its author, Turner’s high school counselor.
Because his conviction was for sexual assault, Turner is currently being held away from the general inmate population in the Santa Clara County Jail. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said that policy is in place because sexual assault inmates are often targeted by other inmates while in jail.
Swedish Bikers Speak On Situation
In a related story, the two Swedish grad students who biked by and found Turner the night of his arrest have spoken about the situation. The Washington Post has video here of an interview with Carl-Frederik Arndt, who talks about what happened on that night in January 2015.
The other biker, Peter Jonsson, hasn’t commented publicly on the case besides a short Facebook post encouraging people to read the letter written by the anonymous woman whom Turner is convicted of assaulting. You can find that letter here. Jonsson’s full quote is below:
“Thanks to everyone, friends and strangers, for all the encouragement and support over the last days and months,” he wrote. “At this point I will not publicly comment on the process or the outcome of the trial. However, I do ask all of you to spare a few minutes and read this letter written by the Victim.
“To me it is unique in its form and comes as close as you can possibly get to putting words on an experience that words cannot describe.”