Cook, accused sexual assailant, pleads not guilty to 21 charges

A suspended University of Wisconsin-Madison student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing nearly a dozen women pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in court Friday.

Alec Cook, 20, faces a total of 21 charges that include strangulation, sexual assault, stalking and false imprisonment involving 10 women dating back to March 2015.

In a less than 4-minute appearance, Cook’s attorneys, Jessa Nicholson and Christopher Van Wagner, pleaded not guilty on their client’s behalf.

Cook’s attorneys have argued that some of the alleged assaults didn’t happen, the other sexual encounters were consensual and the harassment and stalking charges are overblown.