The attorney for a UCLA water polo player arrested for allegedly raping a female student says his client was dating the woman and the two had consensual sex.
The lawyer described the allegations against Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 18, as "defamation" and said the investigation was incomplete, KABC-TV reported without naming the attorney.
Kaplanyan, a red-shirt freshman who plays the attacker position on the team, was arrested Wednesday. By Monday, he had been released on $200,000 bail.
He is due in court to face charges April 25.
UCLA officials said Kaplanyan “has been suspended from the university, subject to an appeal.” A statement from UCLA referred to the female student as an “acquaintance” of Kaplanyan's and that she reported she was raped inside his residence hall.