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Fraternity hazing lawsuit moves forward in Prince George’s County

A Prince George’s County Circuit judge on Friday denied Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s motion to dismiss a $2 million lawsuit brought by a former pledge.

Harry Draughn alleges he was assaulted and asked “inappropriate sexual questions” when he pledged the fraternity’s Hyattsville/Landover alumni chapter earlier this year. A pretrial conference is set for November, at which point a trial date will be set, according to Jimmy A. Bell, an Upper Marlboro solo practitioner representing Draughn.

The lawsuit accuses the fraternity of “failing to adopt reasonable rules and regulations and procedural safeguards that monitor the actions of its chapters to protect pledges.”

Kappa Alpha Psi has publicly stated its opposition to hazing since 1949 but has had numerous problems since, including suspending membership intake for four months last year because hazing had “become so much of a problem,” according to the complaint, filed earlier this year.

The case is Harry Draughn Jr. v. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., et al., CAL-15-04964.