The $ 50 million proceedings allege retaliation for allegations against coaches

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (AP) — In a $ 50 million federal racket case, Louisiana State University’s quasi-athletic director reported racist remarks and inappropriate sexual behavior by former head football coach Les Miles. A college official accused her of retaliation.

Sharon Lewis’s proceedings said he had been denied a salary increase and was verbally abused after filing a complaint against Miles with the authorities. For this, she was accused of “too many black girls” employed in athletics, and a female student accused him of “riding her” on the sofa in the office. LSU officials have also accused them of working with law firms to cover up allegations against Miles, including those involved in “explicit sexual activity” with students.

“This proceeding is an eight-year fiction job,” Miles lawyer Peter Ginsburg said in an email statement. Miles denied allegations that he had made sexual progress towards his students.

Former LSU athletic star Lewis is a quasi-athletic director of football recruitment and alumni associations at LSU. Her proceedings in Baton Rouge are the latest blow to the university after an independent investigator has determined that the school has mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct by student athletes and Miles.

“I’m disappointed that a 20-year-old employee who has received several promotions throughout his career and is now an associate athletic director is now suing the university,” said Winston DeCuir, an LSU lawyer. It is stated in the email. “Following a press conference by her adviser, we believe the proceedings are an attempt to use the situation for personal gain,” he added, referring to the press conference earlier in the week. I did.

Many LSU officials refused to testify at a legislative hearing in Baton Rouge on Thursday. Scandal in progress, Send DeCuir on their behalf.

Some LSU students told the committee that they don’t think college leaders are doing enough to improve the climate.

“It feels like the university is still waiting for everything to go away,” said Charlie Stevens, a sophomore at LSU’s Mass Communication School.

The Lewis lawsuit states that her complaints to LSU about Miles’ actions resulted in retaliation by Miles, Executive Deputy Athletic Director Versio Sbury, Senior Associate Athletic Director Miriam Seger and others. It also claims the formation of a “company” in which members colluded to protect the university from sexual harassment complaints and allegations of federal “Title IX” sexism violations. The alleged company includes five current or former LSU board members, Ausberry, Segar, former athletic director Joe Alleva, and a law firm lawyer hired by the university to investigate the allegations (Taylor,). Porter, Brooks & Phillips) was included.

Vicky Crochet, Taylor Porter’s lawyer and defendant in the Lewis proceedings, did not immediately respond to the request for comment. However, in a letter to the State Senate, she defended Taylor Porter’s handling of the allegations. “We are behind the thorough work we have done for our analysis and LSU,” she wrote, saying that student confidentiality was of paramount concern.

Miles Recently banished As Head Football Coach in Kansas after a 148-page review by Husch Blackwell LLP on handling LSU sexual misconduct complaints across the campus.

Lewis’s proceedings allege that Miles told her in 2009 that “too many black girls” were hired in the track and field sector. It is written that she refused to fire them.

Lewis said Ausbury had ordered Miles to arrange an interview with a female student at his office at night. According to the proceedings, some of the women interviewed reported that Miles “asked about their sex life.”

Lewis said he eventually suffered from neurasthenia as a result of hostility and harassment.

The university hired Hash Blackwell LLP after a report by USA Today. We scrutinized the handling of LSU in a sexual assault case involving two former soccer players. Ausberry and Segar have been temporarily suspended unpaid. Miles, an LSU head football coach from 2005 to 2013, was banished as Kansas head football coach after the company’s review of handling LSU sexual misconduct complaints was published.

Lawmakers complained Thursday that the university refused to dismiss the athletic club employees listed in the investigation report.

“People have seen bad actors, and have had no consequences,” said Senator Beth Mizel, the second-ranked Republican in the Senate.


Magill reported from New Orleans.