Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner has denied allegations of sexual assault brought against him by the girlfriend of former friend Ron Bell.
In a statement released by Pastner’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, on Thursday evening, Pastner and his legal team dismissed the charges by Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley, as “a last ditch effort to continue an extortion and blackmail scheme that failed”.
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In November, Georgia Tech players Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie were suspended for benefits ruled impermissible by the NCAA. Bell later reported that he was the one that provided the two players those benefits – which turned out to be plane tickets, clothing and shoes – while denying a claim from Pastner that the violations were reported after he learned of them in October.
In January, Pastner responded by filing a lawsuit against Bell and Pendley, accusing the two of defamation of character and civil conspiracy, among other charges. Bell and Pendley responded with a counter-claim on Thursday accusing Pastner of repeated instances of sexual assault spanning a number of months.
“We have dozens of text messages and emails from Ms. Pendley to Josh and his wife which…prove Josh did not do any of the things Ms. Pendley now claims he did,” Tompsett’s statement also read.
Pastner was with the Yellow Jackets to coach them in their road game against Louisville on Thursday night.