On Thursday, Denson and the church asked a federal judge to dismiss the case. Court papers make it clear that this ending wasn’t any sort of settlement, and the only agreement was that each side pay its own attorney fees.
“The parties shall bear their own fees and costs associated with this action,” a motion filed Thursday read. “The parties have not entered into a settlement and, aside from the agreement to bear their own fees and costs, there are no further agreements between them.”
A federal judge officially dismissed the case Thursday.
Most recently, attorneys for the church had sought sanctions against Denson, asking the court permission to file a sealed document that outlined allegations that the woman had destroyed or mishandled evidence in the case. In previous motions, the church had alleged that Denson had “lost” a cellphone and “forgot” her password to several social media accounts, which church lawyers had sought access to as part of evidence in the matter.
The case had moved to a mediation judge but didn’t appear to go far.
Church spokesman Sam Penrod confirmed that the case has been dismissed but said the faith would have no further comment.
Denson’s previous lawyers have never publicly discussed why they exited the high-profile case.
She was not immediately available for comment Thursday evening, and a recent phone number had been disconnected.
When she filed the suit in April 2018, Denson said she wanted two things to come from it: justice and change.
“I’m ready for this,” Denson said at the time. “I’ve been ready. I think what makes me feel even more confident [is], I’m right. It happened. I was raped at the MTC. The church covered it up, and they still promoted him to higher and higher positions of the church.”
The Tribune generally does not name alleged sexual assault victims, but Denson agreed to the use of her name.
“I wanted to see her breasts,” Bishop said, “how the operation [went], etc.”
He has also said he touched another female missionary inappropriately during a back rub. He told police detectives from church-owned Brigham Young University that he immediately reported his behavior to his ecclesiastical lay leaders and was allowed to keep his position at the MTC.
In 2018, Denson credited the #MeToo movement for giving her the courage to confront Bishop — “to understand that maybe, this time, someone would believe me.”
In their conversation, Bishop said he didn’t remember taking her into a room in the basement of the MTC, let alone sexually assaulting her. However, he repeatedly apologized, describing himself as a predator and saying he had confessed to other sexual misconduct.
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