MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The attorneys for the couple who accused former Memphis Tiger coach and current Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner of sexual assault have withdrawn from the case.
According to a motion filed with the Superior Court of Pima County, Arizona, attorneys Paul Gattone and Ashley Gilpin claimed that their clients, Ron Bell and Jennifer Pendley, have not cooperated with them in regards to discovery evidence, and may have “greatly exaggerated, if not fabricated” the importance of some of the evidence they claimed to have.
The attorneys also cited an investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech that found "no credible evidence" to support the allegations against Pastner.
The report released June 4th by Fisher Phillips, the law firm hired by Georgia Tech, details numerous attempts by Bell, a former friend of Pastner, to blackmail the coach, including making up allegations that Pastner sexually assaulted Bell's girlfriend, Pendley, in February 2016, while Pastner was still coaching the Tigers.
The report said those accusations came after Pastner filed a defamation suit in January against Ron Bell. Bell reportedly told NCAA investigators in December 2017 that Pastner sexually assaulted his girlfriend, after Pastner refused to pay up on blackmail attempts.
The Superior Court in Pima County granted the attorneys withdrawal request, and they are no longer on the case.
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