Wolfgang Ballinger, the president of Psi Upsilon at Cornell University, has been banned from campus after being charged with three felonies in connection with an alleged sexual assault.
Ballinger, 21, whose father owns NYC music venue Webster Hall, was released from custody on Tuesday after pleading not guilty to first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual assault, and first-degree sex abuse. Via Gothamist:
He has been ordered to stay away from campus, according to university officials, and Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett called the rape allegations “deeply disturbing.” The fraternity, Psi Upsilon, has been placed on interim suspension “pending the conclusion of a full investigation.”
According to a CNN report, the unnamed victim told police that Ballinger brought her to his room, locked the door, and attempted to have forcible intercourse with her. He is also accused of forcing her to perform oral sex, and of sexually abusing her with his hands.
The ban from campus has “no specific time limit,” a Cornell spokeswoman told the New York Daily News.
The fraternity’s executive director has released a statement announcing the Psi Upsilon’s cooperation with the investigation:
“Sexual assault, and any form of sexual harassment, is against our policy and in opposition of the values of Psi Upsilon. Our chapter is cooperating with Cornell’s investigation into this matter and any members involved will be held accountable. The Chi Chapter at Cornell has a distinguished history with the University and we are committed to continuing to be a benefit to Cornell and the Ithaca Community.”
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