Georgia Tech Head Coach Josh Pastner Accused of Sexual Assault in Lawsuit

Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner

On Thursday, the couple fired back with a counterclaim alleging that the former Arizona Wildcats basketball player and coach sexually assaulted one of them.

In January, Pastner responded by filing a lawsuit against Bell and Pendley, accusing the two of defamation of character and civil conspiracy, among other charges.

"Ronald Bell and Jennifer Pendley have threatened Josh and his family on numerous occasions, falsely alleging that Josh was aware of NCAA violations and in violation of NCAA rules and, when the threat of exposing these false NCAA violations did not result in a monetary payout for Mr. Bell and Ms. Pendley, they moved on, more incredulously, to falsely claim that Josh had assaulted Ms. Pendley on multiple occasions".

They accuse him of sexually assaulting the woman in a Houston hotel room on February 9, 2016, the night before a Memphis basketball game against Houston.

Pastner filed a defamation suit previous year, after Bell claimed Pastner asked Bell to pay illegal benefits to players.

"There was no sexual assault".

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

Pastner's attorney released a statement Thursday on his behalf, insisting that his client "never acted improperly with Ms. Pendley" and calling her sexual assault accusation "a lie".

As part of the lawsuit, it was revealed Bell had also told NCAA investigators of the alleged sexual assault in December 2017. "Their false claims of assault are a last-ditch effort to continue an extortion and blackmail scheme that failed".

According to Tompsett's statement, Bell is a multi-time convicted felon with a "long history of abusive, manipulative and controlling behavior toward women".

Pendley told police that she "had not been fully free to leave the home when she wanted" but the situation had improved, according to the police report.

The lawsuit details an alleged incident in which Pastner reportedly attempted to force Pendley to perform oral sex on him, and Pastner allegedly told Pendley he would make her life "a living hell" if she ever mentioned the incident.

Pastner will continue to pursue his lawsuit against Bell and Pendley and will cooperate with law enforcement's investigations of the couple, his lawyer said.

Bell stepped forward after Georgia Tech had initially self-reported the violations.

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