A former student is suing Evansville University, claiming she was sexually assaulted by former men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty and that the school did not create a safe environment.
The Title IX lawsuit was filed on Monday. In it, the former college student, identified as Jane Doe and described as a former Evansville gymnastics coach, claims McCarty posted her inappropriate messages on social media and text. She said this resulted in him pressuring her to visit his home, where he allegedly attacked her on December 9, 2019.
According to the lawsuit, the woman sought advice from a campus advisor three days later and filed an anonymous report online with the university about crime stoppers. The woman said she had academic and social problems following the alleged attack and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The lawsuit also alleges that following his suspension in March 2018, the university received several other reports of alleged inappropriate behavior from McCarty. The university released him on January 21, 2020 as part of a university investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.
“The students who have experienced this pattern of harassment and sexual misconduct are real people, real women who just wanted a safe environment to study and work in, and our university has let us down,” said the woman in one Press release.
“I am broken that my school knew of Coach McCarty’s wrongdoing before what happened to me and looked the other way. I will continue to go through this difficult process of holding the university accountable because I want to prevent other women from doing that go through the same thing I did. “
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount, including “actual damage, damages, court fees, attorneys’ fees, and interest before and after the judgment”.
In a statement to ESPN Monday night, McCarty denied the woman’s allegations.
“I have never attacked anyone in my 47 years on this earth. It is disheartening that someone would come up with such a vicious lie in order to receive financial rewards,” he wrote. “I am excited and look forward to clearing my name and exposing these falsehoods. I am sure that my name and reputation will be restored when the time comes to do so and present the truth.”
Evansville also responded to the lawsuit, denying the woman’s claims, saying she believed she had responded adequately to them.
“The university is confident that it has responded appropriately to all reports of misconduct relating to Mr. McCarty based on information it actually knew at the time. The university is equally confident that it has responded appropriately to Jane Doe’s report has, “said a statement from ESPN. “UE looks forward to addressing the specific allegations in court rather than in the media.
“In everything UE does, the safety of our students is paramount. The university is fully committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all. Our Title IX policies are designed to protect the entire campus community.
McCarty was hired by the Aces after serving six seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers, and he spent three seasons as an assistant coach in Louisville under Rick Pitino.
McCarty won a national championship in Kentucky in 1996 as a member of the Pitino team before being drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks. McCarty played most of his 10-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics.
During his tenure in Evansville, McCarty led Evansville to victory in Kentucky, one of the biggest surprises in college basketball’s recent history.