Cheerleader sues Northwestern University, says she was groped and harassed by drunken fans

CHICAGO — When Hayden Richardson transferred to Northwestern University for her sophomore year, she hoped that joining the cheerleading team would provide a sense of community and excitement at an unfamiliar school. The team’s website and social media pages depicted smiling women, clad in purple and sparkly apparel, tumbling on the sidelines of Big 10 football games. Described as a “noncompetitive cheer team,” the program also offered scholarships and covered all travel, equipment and training expenses. But early in her first season, the “dark side” of the program emerged, according to a feder…

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