Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner is being is being sued for alleged sexual battery, sexual assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. This is a counter-lawsuit against Pastner, who sued Ronald Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley for defamation back in January.
Josh Pastner, coach of Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team, is being sued for alleged sexual battery, sexual assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit was filed on Thursday, February 8, by Ron Bell and Jennifer Pendley in Pima County, Arizona.
The suit comes less than a month after Pastner filed a defamation lawsuit against Bell and Pendley, also in Pima County. Pastner sued Bell and his girlfriend Pendley for defamation after the two allegedly tried to extort and blackmail Pastner, saying that he was aware they’d provided illegal benefits to two Yellow Jackets players.
Starting basketball players Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie were suspended for three and six games respectively after it was discovered the two accepted benefits (apparel, meals, and transportation) in violation of NCAA rules. Bell claims Pastner knew of the payments; Pastner denied the allegations. Bell also said that Pastner allegedly assaulted Pendley.
In the counter-lawsuit, Pendley alleges that Pastner assaulted her in a Houston hotel room on February 10, 2016, when Pastner was the coach at Memphis. She claims that when Bell was in the shower, Pastner allegedly masturbated in front of her with his hand on her shoulder. He also allegedly grabbed the back of her neck, Pendley says, and tried to make her perform oral sex on him. Pendley says that she resisted and cried, telling Pastner “no.”
On top of that, the lawsuit states that from February 2016 to March 2016, Pastner allegedly harassed Pendley 11 more times, either with unwanted touching or “whispering obscenities and innuendos” when they were alone.
Because of these alleged interactions, Pendley says she suffers from nightmares, depression, and anxiety. Her pulmonary hypertension has also gotten worse, she claims.
Pastner calls the accusations “a lie.”
“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,” Pastner said.
Pastner’s lawyer released a statement in which he denied the claims. He also said there are text messages and e-mails exchanges between Pendley, Pastner and Pastner’s wife that contradict the claims.
The following is a statement from Josh Pastner’s lawyer, Scott Tompsett. pic.twitter.com/F5URlORoXD
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 8, 2018