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Sexual assault lawsuit filed against Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner

09 February, 2018, 05:25 | Author: Hannah Francis
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An Oro Valley couple has filed a counterclaim against the Georgia Tech basketball coach, claiming sexual assault and sexual battery.

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. 11Alive normally does not name sexual assault victims, but is doing so because Pendley and Bell have chosen to make the case public.

The alleged incident happened in February of 2016 while Pastner was still the men's basketball head coach at Memphis.

Pastner filed a defamation suit previous year, after Bell claimed Pastner asked Bell to pay illegal benefits to players.

Pastner's attorney, Scott Tompsett, has since released a statement vehemently denying the accusations against his client.




"I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion", Pastner said in a statement after filing the defamation lawsuit in January. Pendley has not reported the allegations to police, but said Thursday that she is considering filing charges.

Despite Pendley's cries of "no" and attempts to resist, according to the suit, Pastner tried to force her head town to his penis before ejaculating on her shirt. However, he told the NCAA that Pastner wasn't fully truthful to the NCAA.

The statement goes on to claim that Pendley actually "continued to proactively and enthusiastically initiate communication and contact with Josh and his wife", even visiting Pastner and his wife's home. Bell, he says, has a history of criminal activity and "dishonest and antisocial behavior".

Georgia Tech lost 77-54 to Louisville on Thursday to fall to 11-13 overall and 4-7 in the ACC.

"I absolutely and unequivocally never assaulted or harassed Ms. Pendley and I am truly sickened by these false claims".

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