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Nashville sued for records in Vanderbilt rape case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A coalition of media organizations, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Nashville to force release of records in a case involving former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1bs7ijx ) said the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, says records obtained by Nashville police that were created by parties outside government should be public under state law.

Media organizations have specifically asked for video surveillance, photographs and other records that Vanderbilt University turned over to police. The media organizations are not asking for video records of the alleged attack.

Four former football players have been charged with raping an unconscious student in a dorm on June 23.

City officials have refused to turn over the materials, saying they aren't open to the public.