Suit filed against fraternity in NY hazing death
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NEW YORK (AP) - The mother of a 19-year-old Cornell University student who died during an alcohol-related fraternity hazing incident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the national fraternity.
Marie Lourdes Andre filed the lawsuit Monday in Brooklyn against Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and its local chapter officers and members. The suit seeks at least $25 million dollars in damages.
George Desdunes, of Brooklyn, was found unconscious on a couch at the fraternity in February and was later pronounced dead. Authorities said his blood alcohol level was later found to be 0.35 percent.
Court documents say Desdunes had his hands and feet bound and was compelled to imbibe alcohol in a mock kidnapping.
Cornell revoked the fraternity's recognition after Desdunes' death.
A telephone call seeking comment from SAE was not immediately returned.
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