Former Memphis Tigers coach, Josh Pastner, accused of sexual assault

Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Georgia Tech Head Coach Josh Pastner

Former Memphis Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner is facing an allegation of sexual battery by a couple after he filed a defamation suit against them. Jennifer Pendley has filed the lawsuit and detailed the accusations against Pastner.

In January, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish reported Pastner's attorneys claimed Bell and Pendley told investigators that Pastner had assaulted Pendley.

The alleged incident happened in February of 2016 while Pastner was still the men's basketball head coach at Memphis.

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

Pastner's attorneys released the following statement about this defamation case.

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"I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion", Pastner said.

Tompsett alleges that the new lawsuit is part of a failed smear campaign to blackmail Pastner by claiming he knowingly participated in NCAA violations.

The documents says Pastner got up and walked to stand right in front of her where he allegedly "looked down at Pendley and began stroking her hair". Pastner told her, according to the suit, that he knew powerful people who would make her life "a living hell". He also was under investigation, according to Tompsett, for physically and verbally abusing Pendley and holding her against her will in their home. The statement goes on to highlight Bell's alleged criminal past and "long history of dishonest and antisocial behavior". "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".

The 40-year-old Pastner is the current head coach of Georgia Tech's men's basketball team.

Pendley alleges Pastner sexually harassed her on several occasions.

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