Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Couple files sexual assault lawsuit vs Georgia Tech coach

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Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 04:10

On Thursday night, Georgia Tech men's head basketball coach Josh Pastner was named in a counterclaim suit.

Pastner, who was hired at Georgia Tech in 2016 after seven seasons at Memphis that included three conference championships, expressed severe disappointment in his accusers when he first filed his lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Pastner's long-time friend and Arizona resident Ron Bell, and Bell's girlfriend Jennifer Pendley, is a counterclaim in response to a defamation claim filed against the couple by Pastner last month.

Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson were initially suspended due to Bell's allegations of impermissible benefits. In his defamation case, Pastner alleged defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, aiding and abetting and injurious falsehoods against Bell and Pendley.

Here is the full statement from Pastner's lawyer on the situation. Pastner then allegedly harassed and threatened Pendley for almost a year after that encounter.

In a statement, Pastner's attorney Scott Tompsett called the latest suit "false and malicious" and says his client never acted improperly with Pendley.

In January, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish reported Pastner's attorneys claimed Bell and Pendley told investigators that Pastner had assaulted Pendley.

According to Tompsett's statement, Bell is a multi-time convicted felon with a "long history of abusive, manipulative and controlling behavior toward women".

Pastner is already embroiled in controversy surrounding booster Ronald Bell (who happens to be Pendley's boyfriend) giving benefits to Yellow Jackets players.

"There was no sexual assault, "he said via Twitter". "Their false claims of assault are a last-ditch effort to continue an extortion and blackmail scheme that failed".

According to details revealed in the lawsuit by Dan Marries, an Arizona-based reporter, Pastner allegedly sexually assaulted or harassed Pendley on 11 different occasions from mid-February to early March in 2016. He then threatened her not to say anything before leaving the room. According to the Report, Ms. Pendley told police that she had not been fully free to leave the home when she wanted. "Upon learning of the allegations, I immediately informed law enforcement and officials at Georgia Tech".