The University of Notre Dame fired an academic coach following allegations she forced black student-athletes into having sex with her daughter, the New York Daily News reported.
According to an internal report obtained by the Daily News, the academic coach was found to have not only breached the university's "values" but, more pertinently, violated Notre Dame's "discrimination harassment policy."
The academic coach's firing follows the filing of a lawsuit against her on Friday, according to the South Bend Tribune.
That lawsuit, which was filed by a male student, claims he is just one of multiple black athletes involved in something similar to what the lawsuit describes as a "sexually and racially motivated inappropriate and demeaning relationship."
The lawsuit also states the academic coach, after providing accommodations for the sexual encounters with her daughter, would question the plaintiff about the "nature, frequency and quality of sexual activities" with her daughter while "demeaning the plaintiff with racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess."
The student is being represented by the law firm Anderson, Agostino & Keller, PC. In a news release, it said its client was the victim of a "manipulative and predatory scheme."
Peter Agostino, a lawyer for the plaintiff, told the Daily News,
She was exploiting African-American males. He was invited to the family's private home to facilitate the relationship.
The suit states the academic coach threatened the student when he tried to end the relationship.
The academic coach even once tried to convince him he instead needed mental counseling, the suit says.
On Friday, Paul Browne, the Notre Dame vice president of public affairs and communications, denied any wrongdoing on the university's part in a statement given to the South Bend Tribune, adding the allegation is "nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity."
The fact the employee in question has been fired, however, might undermine the denial in court.
Citations: Notre Dame academic coach fired amid claims she coerced athletes into having sex with her daughter (New York Daily News), Notre Dame fired employee named in lawsuit over sex allegations (South Bend Tribune), Lawsuit says Notre Dame employee arranged sex between her daughter and students (South Bend Tribune)