Family of 'rape victim' Megan Rondini file amended lawsuit

It was an extraordinary act; a full-page advertisement taken out in the local newspaper in which the attorney for alleged Tuscaloosa rapist, Terry Jackson Bunn Jr, claimed he has text messages that exonerate his client.

Now, DailyMail.com has learned that this robust defense - and threatened assassination of the victim's character - came just one day after the family of Megan Rondini, who committed suicide last year, filed an amended lawsuit. 

It names the University of Alabama and its President Stuart Bell to the list of defendants whose 'faulty practices, mishandling of [the] investigation and deliberate indifference' led to their daughter's death, seven months after the former University of Alabama student reported being raped by Bunn Jr.

And while Bunn attorney described all allegations as 'false and malicious,' DailyMail.com has been told that Megan, who felt betrayed and victimized by law enforcement and her school, is not the only girl to have reported being sexually assaulted by 'Sweet T,' the 37-year-old scion of one of Tuscaloosa's most powerful families.

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The family of Terry Jackson 'TJ' Bunn Jr. bought a full-page ad in a local newspaper to defend him after Megan Rondini's family accused him of rape in her wrongful death lawsuit

The family of Terry Jackson 'TJ' Bunn Jr. bought a full-page ad in a local newspaper to defend him after Megan Rondini's family accused him of rape in her wrongful death lawsuit

Rondini hanged herself after dropping out of college and moving away from Tuscaloosa. She told friends she felt 'bullied' by police 

Rondini hanged herself after dropping out of college and moving away from Tuscaloosa. She told friends she felt 'bullied' by police 

The Bunn family printed a full-page ad to defend TJ amid the civil lawsuit. He claims the sex was consensual 

The Bunn family printed a full-page ad to defend TJ amid the civil lawsuit. He claims the sex was consensual 

At least one of these previous accusers has stepped forward to offer her support to the Rondini family in a case that, their attorney Leroy Maxwell Jr has vowed, will see Megan 'vindicated' in a court of law.

Captain Gary Hood of the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Department denied that Bunn has any prior record of sexual assault. But sources close to the case have insisted to DailyMail.com that at least one girl has fileda report and that criminal records relating to Bunn that 'should be public' have been inexplicably 'sealed.'

Speaking to DailyMail.com Maxwell said: 'It's absolutely horrific. Megan was a bright star and everything was going well in her life academically and personally until the night the incident occurred. From there everything went down hill.'

Megan was just 21 years old when, on February 26, 2016, she hanged herself. She didn't leave a note but the intake forms for the mental health center at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, to which Texas born Megan had transferred, were found by her bedside.

In them she stated she would be 'better off dead.' In response to a question about loss, change or crises in her life she wrote: 'Raped, bullied by police, changed university.'

It was a devastating conclusion to the promising student's downward spiral that began on July 1, 2015 when Megan went to Innisfree Irish Pub's trivia night with some of her sorority sisters.

The pub is a couple of hundred feet away from ST Bunn Construction, the family business of which Bunn Jr is Vice President that proudly boasts of having 'paved every street in Tuscaloosa.'

'Sweet T,' as Bunn is called, is a regular patron of the no-frills Innifree where beer and liquor are served in plastic cups. But at the age of 37 - 34 on the night of the Megan's 'assault' - Bunn was close to twice the age of the predominantly student clientele.

Rondini didn't leave a suicide note, but left the intake forms for the mental health center at Southern Methodist University by her bedside 

Rondini didn't leave a suicide note, but left the intake forms for the mental health center at Southern Methodist University by her bedside 

Bunn Jr said he picked up Rondini when he saw her walking alone near the Innisfree Irish Pub

Bunn Jr said he picked up Rondini when he saw her walking alone near the Innisfree Irish Pub

The fact that a sexual encounter took place between Bunn and Megan is not in dispute.

Bunn told investigators that he picked Megan up when he saw her walking alone near the Innisfree. He claimed not to have seen her in the small bar that night despite his own admission to having been drinking.

He said that she invited him and a friend to her apartment where she made them drinks before agreeing to go with the two men to Bunn's sprawling home in the Tuscaloosa suburb of Cottondale.

Once there, Bunn put his drunk friend to bed and he and Megan went to his bedroom where they had consensual sex.

However, when law enforcement visited Bunn the morning after,  he lied and said that Megan had not been there at all. When he later remembered her being in his bed, he claimed she was an enthusiastic participant.

ST Bunn Construction Ltd (pictured), and Bunn Jr personally, donated to PACs that funded the sheriff's and former District Attorney's campaigns

ST Bunn Construction Ltd (pictured), and Bunn Jr personally, donated to PACs that funded the sheriff's and former District Attorney's campaigns

Rondini and Bunn Jr's accounts of the night of the alleged assault are both patchy. However, Bunn Jr initially lied to police and said he didn't remember her being at his house at all 

Rondini and Bunn Jr's accounts of the night of the alleged assault are both patchy. However, Bunn Jr initially lied to police and said he didn't remember her being at his house at all 

Rondini's family names the University of Alabama and its President Stuart Bell (pictured) as defendants in Megan's wrongful death lawsuit 

Rondini's family names the University of Alabama and its President Stuart Bell (pictured) as defendants in Megan's wrongful death lawsuit 

Megan's account is both patchy - showing 'clear impairment' according to the lawsuit - and starkly different.

She did not recall going to her apartment but remembered being in Bunn's white Mercedes as he drove towards his house. She felt 'intimidated' and worried that he was drunk and driving. Bunn has two DUIs on his record. But she complied when he told her to go to his bedroom because, she said, she was fearful of upsetting the man she knew to be part of an influential family.

When he said he wanted to have sex she resisted both verbally and physically - turning away from his kisses and rejecting his advances. But, the lawsuit states, 'Bunn insisted…he forcefully removed her clothing and forced her to engage in oral sex. He then used his superior strength to hold Megan down, and he forced himself on her and raped her.'

The attack, it states, lasted over 30 minutes. When Bunn finally passed out Megan discovered the bedroom door was locked and 'became frantic and immediately began contacting friends through multiple text messages…urgently seeking help.'

Ultimately she took $3 from the pocket of Bunn's pants, discarded on the floor, crawled through the second story window onto a flat roof and jumped down. Unable to find her keys in Bunn's  room she looked in his unlocked car and found his loaded gun. 

After the alleged assault, Rondini reported the attack to medical personnel and the Sheriff's Department

After the alleged assault, Rondini reported the attack to medical personnel and the Sheriff's Department

Bunn Jr was charged with his second DUI at 6.20am the morning after the alleged assault 

Bunn Jr was charged with his second DUI at 6.20am the morning after the alleged assault 

She took it for protection but later admitted she did not know how to use it. In her panicked state she accidentally discharged it.

From there on, according to her family attorney Leroy Maxwell Jr, 'Megan did everything right.'

Her friends immediately took her to DCH Hospital where she reported the attack to medical personnel and the Sheriff's Department.

A rape kit and urine sample were taken and delivered to law enforcement. Immediately after the rape exam Megan went to the Sheriff's Department for a second interview. She had called her parents and her mother, Cindy, immediately got in her car to drive the 800-mile stretch that lay between the family home in Austin and her daughter.

Megan's father, Michael, contacted the University's Women and Gender Resource Center to ensure that an advocate was alongside Megan through her exams and interviews. The advocate did not show up for several hours and, when she did, she informed Megan that she knew her alleged assailant was Bunn and was aware of his prominence in the community.

She later 'abandoned Megan while she was being questioned by police.'

Rondini felt abandoned by her advocate from the University's Women and Gender Resource Center who was supposed to be with her during police questioning 

Rondini felt abandoned by her advocate from the University's Women and Gender Resource Center who was supposed to be with her during police questioning 

Rondini's mother Cindi drove from Austin to be with her daughter the day after the assault. Her father Michael called to get her an advocate from the University to help her 

Rondini's mother Cindi drove from Austin to be with her daughter the day after the assault. Her father Michael called to get her an advocate from the University to help her 

Video footage of Megan's interview reveals the disturbing process by which she found herself converted from crime victim to suspect when investigator Adam Jones - who 'failed to take a single note' - turned his questions away from the sexual assault and instead focused on Megan's acts of taking the $3 and the loaded gun.

According to the lawsuit 'Megan's status as a victim of a sex crime was completely forgotten.' Instead she found herself facing criminal charges for Breaking and Entering and Theft of Property.

In turn, Bunn informed the cops that he would be willing to drop charges against Megan if she dropped hers against him but that if she did not, he would 'play hard ball.'

In their notably congenial interview with Bunn.  law enforcement officers told him, 'We just want this to be over. We're just kind of waiting to see how far she'll push this.'

Adam Jones went as far as to offer Megan a 'refusal to prosecute' form to sign telling her, 'Look at it from my side. You never kicked him or hit him or tried to resist him.'

But Megan did not sign. She wanted her allegations to be public record. She feared Bunn, who calls himself

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