A counterclaim, filed by Pasnter's former friends in Pima County Superior Court on Thursday, claims the former UA player and coach sexually assaulted one of them.
Pastner's defamation lawsuit against Bell and Pendley claims they "began a malicious campaign to defame Pastner, and to extort and blackmail Pastner, by threatening to release and releasing to the public, the media, Georgia Tech and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), false and patently untrue information Bell and Pendley believed and intended would be extremely damaging to Pastner's reputation and would result in Pastner losing his job at Georgia Tech and being penalized by the NCAA".
"I absolutely and unequivocally never assaulted or harassed Ms. Pendley and I am truly sickened by these false claims".
Jennifer Pendley has filed the lawsuit and detailed the accusations against Pastner.
In response to the counterclaim, Scott Tompsett, Pastner's attorney says "There was no sexual assault".
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He called Bell "a career criminal" who concocted the complaint "as a last-ditch effort to continue an extortion and blackmail scheme that failed". Pastner has gone on record vehemently denying the allegations - first through his attorney, and now on his own.
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. After an NCAA investigation, Okogie sat out six games; Jackson, three. Additionally, the suit claims that Pastner would bring up the Houston incident and threaten Pendley to not talk about it.
Tompsett says Pendley kept up her relationship with Pastner in the years after the alleged assault and publicly praised him and his character. Pendley has not reported the allegations to police, but said Thursday that she is considering filing charges. Thinking the conversation was finished, the court papers said, Bell went into the bathroom for a shower. She told Bell about the assault in October, according to the suit. He then threatened her not to say anything before leaving the room. Pastner is in his second season as Georgia Tech's head coach following a long tenure at Memphis.
Pastner and Bell first met more than 10 years ago when Pastner was an assistant coach at the University of Arizona.
Before Georgia Tech, Pastner, 40, coached at Memphis from 2009-16.