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The Bernie Fine case has now taken its predictable turn toward litigation.
Syracuse Rapid Reporter Thomas Casale filed a story Tuesday that stated Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the two central figures in the sexual molestation allegations against the former Syracuse assistant coach, will sue Syracuse University.
Their attorney, Gloria Allred, is notable because she recently represented an alleged victim of Herman Cain's sexual harassment, as well as one of Tiger Woods' mistresses and Nicole Brown Simpson's family. Cain is no longer in the running for the President of the United States, so it's a splashy name to attach to this case.
If possible, the case has become even more high-profile. Allred welcomes the spotlight and is one of the most notable, aggressive, PR-seeking attorneys in the country.
Jim Boeheim is also named in the defamation suit. And so the case heaves new life and a new angle. This is the tedious side of it, but we're still dealing with alleged victims of sexual assault, so the subject remains a sensitive one, even if lawyers will now begin to fill the words inside the quote marks of the news stories. You'll recall Boeheim originally was very vocal about how this was about money. He since recanted and apologized for those remarks.
Here's a snippet of what happened at today's press conference, via Syracuse.com:
"It really hurt me to learn that coach Jim Boeheim accused me of lying,” Davis said during the press conference. “For a long time, this was my worst fear, that if I did speak up against this person, that no one would ever believe me because of who Bernie was and how he was perceived in the public, as a great person who did so much for kids.Syracuse has not as of yet offered a comment in the wake of Tuesday's Allred/Davis/Lang press conference. Allred added, "It’s time now to make both Syracuse University and coach Boeheim accountable."
“Then I thought about other victims who might be willing to come forward, but who would see or hear coach Boeheim’s comments calling me a liar, worried that they would never be willing to speak up because coach Boeheim is a person who many kids and people in this community admire.”
Allred said she did not hear Boeheim’s later comments as an apology and his statements irreparably damaged her clients.
“The coach has seriously hurt my reputation,” Davis said. “But I want people to know the truth.”
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