Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner has been accused of sexual assault in a Pima County, Arizona, lawsuit. According to KOLD in Tuscon, a counter suit has been filed in response to Pastner's defamation suit he filed against Ron Bell.
The counterclaim accuses Pastner of "sexual assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress" when Pastner was the head coach of the University of Memphis men's basketball team in 2016.
So to sum this up more clearly: Ronald Bell claimed Josh Pastner knew he had provided illegal benefits to Georgia Tech players.
"There was no sexual assault", Scott Tompsett wrote on behalf of Pastner. On the night of February 9, the lawsuit said Pastner went to Pendley and Bell's room to discuss a mutual friend who was writing an article profiling Bell and Pastner's years-long friendship.
Since Bell's initial accusation, he and Pendley have come forward with more details on Pastner's alleged sexual assault. Pendley has not reported the allegations to police, but said Thursday that she is considering filing charges.
According to the alleged victim, Jennifer Pendley, Paster masturbated in front of her in a hotel room despite her repeated requests for him to stop.
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. It claims Pastner sexually assaulted Pendley and threatened her, if she were to tell anyone about what happened.
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.