Sexual assault lawsuit filed against former Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner

TUCSON, AZ (WMC) - A sexual assault lawsuit was filed against former University of Memphis head basketball coach Josh Pastner in Arizona.

This lawsuit comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Pastner against Ron Bell, a former associate of Pastner, and Bell's girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley.

According to a January article from USA Today Sports, Pastner sued Bell and Pendley for attempts to blackmail and extort both Pastner and his family.

In response, Pendley, who's listed as the counter-plaintiff in the new lawsuit, filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Pastner.

According to the lawsuit, Pastner, who's currently the head coach at Georgia Tech, was at a hotel with Bell and Pendley in Houston for a game.

While in the hotel room, Bell left to take a shower, but Pastner stayed and tried to perform lewd acts on Pendley.

"If I can come out, other women can come out and be strong, and don't let people bully you and don't let them keep you quiet," Pendley said.

Pastner filed a counter lawsuit against Bell and Pendley alleging emotional harm inflicted as a result of sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Pastner's attorney, Scott Tompsett, released a statement to WMC Action News 5:

This is in response to the false and malicious claim Jennifer Pendley made today against my client Josh Pastner.

WMC5 reached out to Georgia Tech for comment on the lawsuit. They released the following statement:

We are aware that a countersuit was filed today in response to the civil lawsuit that Georgia Tech men's basketball head coach Josh Pastner filed in Arizona on Jan. 12. Coach Pastner and his legal team have continued to keep Georgia Tech fully appraised of the situation, and we support Coach Pastner's efforts to address this personal matter. Georgia Tech does not comment on pending legal cases.

Thursday, Pastner addressed the lawsuit after Georgia Tech's game against Louisville.

"Unequivocally zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero truth to any of those disgusting, bogus allegations. It's disgusting," he said.

WMC5 reached out to the University of Memphis, but they had no comment on the matter.

Below is a copy of the counterclaim filed by Pastner.

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