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Attorney for Vanderbilt rape suspect accused of destroying evidence

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An attorney for one of the men accused of a rape at Vanderbilt University is now accused of destroying evidence in the case.

Four former football players are charged with attacking an unconscious female student.

Vandenburg, of California, is accused of rape and of sharing video and pictures of the alleged assault with his friends.

His defense attorney, Albert Perez Jr., accused the Nashville district attorney's office earlier this week of withholding evidence he needed to prepare for trial.

Now, the DA says Perez, himself, helped destroy evidence.

As first reported in the Nashville Scene, the DA's motion alleges that two witnesses "provided statements that Albert Perez Jr. was directly involved with the destruction or attempted destruction of evidence in this case."

In the court filing, the DA names the two witnesses as Miles Finley and Joseph Quinzio. They are the California friends of Brandon Vandenburg and are facing their own charges of destroying evidence and have agreed to testify in the case.

The motion says that Finley and Quinzio say Perez was an "active participant and co-conspirator" in the tampering and destruction of evidence.

That evidence is not spelled out but could refer to video or photos of the sexual assault of an unconscious woman in June.

That assault, authorities say, happened inside Vandenburg's dorm room at Vanderbilt.

The DA filed a motion late Friday to disqualify Perez as Vandenburg's lawyer, since it would be a conflict of interest for him to represent a client when he is an unindicted co-conspirator.

The DA's office also says in Friday's court filings that they requested a protective order for the video in the case after receiving information that an attorney involved in the case made a statement about releasing a copy on the Internet.

It's not clear which attorney that might be.

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