Josh Pastner: Georgia Tech Basketball Coach Accused Of Sexual Assault

Paul Gattone attorney for Ron Bell and Jennifer Pendley speaks after filing a sexual assault lawsuit against Georgia Tech head basketball coach Josh Pastner on Thursday Feb. 8

A Tucson-area couple has filed a lawsuit against Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner, claiming sexual assault and sexual battery by the former University of Arizona standout.

In January, Pastner filed a lawsuit against both Bell and Pendley, alleging "defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, aiding and abetting and injurious falsehoods and attempts to blackmail and extort" the coach and his family. 11Alive normally does not name sexual assault victims, but is doing so because Pendley and Bell have chosen to make the case public.

The lawsuit claims the sexual harassment began again in November 2016, after Pastner became head coach for Georgia Tech's men's basketball team, when Pendley and Bell traveled to Atlanta to watch a game.

Pastner filed a defamation lawsuit last month following the claims, calling the allegations "fabricated and false".

Pastner's attorney released a statement shortly afterwards denying the incidents took place.

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Pastner flatly called the accusation "a lie". "Their false claims of assault are a last-ditch effort to continue an extortion and blackmail scheme that failed".

The counterclaim goes on to say that there were 11 alleged occasions where Pastner sexually harassed Pendley between February 14, 2016 and March 3, 2016. Bell, he says, has a history of criminal activity and "dishonest and antisocial behavior". She told Bell about the assault in October, according to the suit.

Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner is facing very serious and troubling allegations.

The following is a statement from Josh Pastner's lawyer, Scott Tompsett. It claims Pastner sexually assaulted Pendley and threatened her, if she were to tell anyone about what happened.

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