Woman in Naval Academy sex assault case testifies; says she was drunk, doesn't remember party

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FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Joshua Tate, a former U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault. Lawyers are expected to give opening statements Tuesday in the court-martial of Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. Opening statements had been scheduled for Monday but were delayed because of snow. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)

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By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The woman at the center of a sexual case against a former Naval Academy football player has testified that the midshipman "kind of laughed" when she asked him if they had sex at an alcohol-fueled party.

The alleged victim testified Tuesday that she drank heavily at the 2012 party and doesn't remember what was going on. After the party, she saw tweets suggesting someone had sex with multiple people and she came to believe the statements were about her.

She said she asked Joshua Tate, who invited her to the party, what had happened and he told her.

Tate, of Nashville, Tenn., faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and lying to investigators in a trial that turns on whether the woman was too drunk to consent to sex.

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