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WCCO: Woman in St. Thomas priest case releases video

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WCCO has obtained video of the woman who has alleged that she was abused by a University of St. Thomas priest when she was a teen in the 1990s.

The video is of the woman, who has not been identified, in 2006, describing the alleged abuse as part of a statement for an investigation by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The woman, now married, 28, and living in the Twin Cities, addresses the Rev. Michael Keating directly in the video.

“You started rubbing my back and you put your hand under my shirt and you were rubbing the skin, skin against skin,” the woman says. She also says, “You pulled me on top of your body so that my belly was against yours. And I remember feeling your penis on my leg.”

The woman told WCCO’s Esme Murphy she wanted the public to hear her story in her own words.

The woman earlier this month filed a lawsuit against the archdiocese. Her lawsuit is part of a broadening scandal for the archdiocese, which has been accused of not appropriately responding to allegations of abuse by priests and then covering them up.

Keating's lawyer Fred Bruno sharply denies the allegations and says that the accusations were discredited long ago. “The unfortunate grandstanding and publicity generated by the recent announcement of this lawsuit add nothing to the credibility of the claims. Such self-serving tactics do not promote genuine justice, and are needlessly hurtful to an esteemed member of the Catholic community and to the Church as a whole,” Bruno has said.

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