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Sport Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner denies woman's claim of sexual assault

18:27  09 february  2018
18:27  09 february  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner on Thursday vehemently denied allegations of sexual assault made by a woman he's suing for defamation

Speaking to reporters after Georgia Tech's game at Louisville, Pastner called Jennifer Pendley's allegations "disgusting" and "bogus."


Pendley made the claims in a countersuit filed Thursday in an Arizona court by her and her boyfriend, Ron Bell. Tucson television station KOLD obtained the documents.

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Attorneys representing Georgia Tech men’ s basketball coach Josh Pastner filed a civil suit Friday against an Arizona man and woman who accused him of breaking Among other accusations, Bell accused Pastner of sexually assaulting Pendley, which Pastner ’ s attorneys denied in the lawsuit.

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Pendley alleged that Pastner exposed himself and attempted to force her to perform a sex act on him in a hotel room when Pastner was coaching at Memphis. Bell, a onetime friend of Pastner's, was in a bathroom showering at the time, Pendley alleged.

Pastner's attorney, Scott Tompsett, denied Pendley's allegations earlier Thursday, calling it part of Bell's plan to blackmail Pastner over NCAA rules violations.

"There was no sexual assault. It is a lie. Josh never acted inappropriately with Ms. Pendley," Tompsett said in a prepared statement.

"Mr. Bell and Ms. Pendley began alleging assault only after their two-month long scheme to blackmail Josh by claiming he knowingly participated in NCAA violations failed," Tompsett added.

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Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner vehemently denies sexual allegations brought against him. (0:41). "In this era of women courageously coming forward to report valid claims of sexual assault and harassment, we are saddened and outraged that Mr. Bell and Ms. Pendley have

Speaking to reporters after Georgia Tech ' s game at Louisville, Pastner called Jennifer Pendley' s allegations "disgusting" and "bogus." "There was no sexual assault . It is a lie. Josh never acted inappropriately with Ms. Pendley," Tompsett said in a prepared statement.

Tompsett also said there are multiple text messages and emails from Pendley to Pastner and his wife that prove no assault occurred.

Pastner sued Bell and Pendley in January after Bell alleged Pastner knew Bell provided improper benefits to Tech players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson but did nothing to stop him. Georgia Tech self-reported violations last fall. The NCAA suspended Okogie for six games and Jackson for three games.

Pastner claimed in his suit that Pendley was harassing him and his wife, and that Bell and Pendley had falsely alleged Pastner assaulted Pendley.

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