Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Thursday afternoon, and he has responded to those claims.
Pastner was asked about the lawsuit of the Yellow Jackets’ matchup with Louisville Thursday night. Here’s what he had to say:
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“There’s zero … truth to any of those disgusting, bogus allegations,” he said. “It’s just disgusting. And there’s zero … truth to that. I believe in principle. I believe in character. I live my life that way. And I’ve done that from the very beginning.”
The allegations are a countersuit that stem from a defamation lawsuit Pastner filed against Ron Bell, a former friend who was a consistent presence around Pastern’s previous stop at Memphis.
“I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion,” Pastner said in a statement when he filed his suit. “My family and I are victims of fraud and extortion and the extent to which these individuals have gone to harm us is truly unfathomable. I absolutely and unequivocally never assaulted or harassed Ms. Pendley and I am truly sickened by these false claims. Upon learning of the allegations, I immediately informed law enforcement and officials at Georgia Tech.”
The counterclaim alleges that Bell and the alleged victim, Jeniffer Pendley, traveled with Pastner to Houston for a Memphis basketball game and stayed at the team hotel. Pastner then allegedly assaulted Pendley while Bell was in the shower, according to the lawsuit.
Pastner’s attorney also released a statement late Thursday night.
“There was no sexual assault. It is a lie,” Kansas-based attorney Scott Tompsett said in a statement to USA Today Sports“Josh never acted improperly with Ms. Pendley. Never.”
Georgia Tech gave limited comment on the incident as well, in a statement to USA Today sports:
“Coach Pastner and his legal team have continued to keep Georgia Tech fully appraised of the situation, and we support Coach Pastner’s efforts to address this personal matter. Georgia Tech does not comment on pending legal cases.”