MARYVILLE, MO – A small town in Missouri is featured in Netflix’s new documentary, Audrie & Daisy. The alleged rape and sexual assault of a former Maryville High School student, Daisy Coleman is the focus of the film. The story of Coleman’s assault has been told by national media outlets and in the documentary, you hear from Coleman herself about how she endured harassment and cyberbullying after coming forward.
In January of 2012, Coleman, then 14 years old, was discovered by her mother laying outside on the ground in freezing temperatures. She was described as being incoherent and when taken to the hospital, Coleman’s blood alcohol level was found to be twice over the legal limit.
It is told by Coleman in the documentary, she snuck out of her house the night before with friend Paige Parkhurst, then 13 years old. The girls had been drinking and then went to a gathering at the home of Maryville High School football player Matthew Barnett, who was 17 at the time. At some point in the night, both Coleman and Parkhurst claim they were taken into bedrooms where they were sexually assaulted and raped. Parkhurst’s rapist came forward to police and admitted to his crimes, however Matthew Barnett has always claimed he had consensual sex with Coleman that night.
In 2013, the prosecution dropped felony charges against Barnett. Theories swirled that it was due to Barnett being the grandson of former State Representative Rex Barnett.
Shortly after, the online activist group known as Anonymous posted a video expressing their anger to charges being dropped.
A special prosecutor reinvestigated the case in 2014 where Barnett pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree endangerment/welfare of a child.
After Coleman and her family moved back to their former home in Albany, their house in Maryville was burnt down.
The documentary Audrie & Daisy is streaming now on Netflix.