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Lawsuit filed against Brentwood Academy to move forward

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A lawsuit filed against a prestigious Williamson County school and three families will be moving forward to discovery.

Attorneys on both sides appeared in court Tuesday morning for a motion hearing.

The defense vehemently claimed that the allegations against Brentwood Academy and three of its students are false.

The plaintiff's counsel claimed Brentwood Academy is deflecting blame.

Back in August, a mother and her son filed a lawsuit claiming the boy was sexually assaulted in a Brentwood Academy locker room, claiming the school and the parents of the accused students are partly at fault.

In a sometimes heated exchange in the Williamson County courthouse on Tuesday, the defense accused the attorneys representing John Doe and Jane Doe of revealing the identities of the accused students.

"They're friends of mine, and I take this personally. And their child is a good child. He's an honest student. He has a young brother that looks up to him and admires him, but now he's known as a rapist because of this foul complaint," said defense attorney Ed Silver.

Justin Gilbert, counsel for the plaintiff, rebutted this.

"The allegations are serious. It's unavoidable, and we do have an obligation to put in what we believe in good faith to be the facts. We've done that. And if Brentwood Academy wants to point the finger elsewhere, they're going to have to come forward in the course of the case," Gilbert said.

Attorney Elizabeth Russell, who is defending one of the families in the case, issued this statement about her clients:

My clients are heartbroken over the false allegations made in this lawsuit.  The family fully cooperated with the Brentwood Police Department and DCS during their thorough investigations.  Nearly three years have passed and no charges have been brought.  We believe this is proof the claims made in the forty-eight million dollar lawsuit are baseless.  We will continue to defend fearlessly knowing the truth will prevail.

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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