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Pitino Testifies At Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett on July 28, 2010

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino took the stand Wednesday in the federal extortion trial of Karen Sypher.

Pitino told jurors that he first met Sypher at Porcini restaurant on July 31, 2003 after dinner with friends. He said the two remained in the restaurant bar after closing time and had a brief consensual sexual encounter before Sypher drove him home.

Pitino contends the extortion took place last year, when Sypher threatened to go public with allegations that he forced himself on her if he did not meet certain financial demands.

He said he did give Sypher three-thousand dollars to buy insurance after she told him she was pregnant, but did not pressure her to get an abortion, as she has claimed.

There was a standing room only crowd of media and spectators in the federal courtroom, where cameras and microphones are not permitted.

The trial is expected to continue into next week.

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Karen Sypher Trial Underway

by Rick Howlett July 26, 2010

Opening arguments began this morning in the federal trial of Karen Sypher. Sypher has been under indictment since last year, charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from University
of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

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Jury Selection Begins In Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett July 12, 2010

By Rick Howlett Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the federal trial of Karen Sypher, who’s charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.     Sypher is accused of threatening to go public with an allegation of rape against Pitino if he did not give her […]

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Pitino Apologizes For Sexual Tryst

by Rick Howlett August 12, 2009

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach has apologized to his family and the university for an extramarital affair he had six years ago. In an interview with police that was made public this week,  Pitino acknowledged that he had sex at a Louisville restaurant in 2003 with Karen Sypher, who has since been charged with […]

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Pitino Acknowledges Sypher Encounter In Police Interview

by Rick Howlett August 12, 2009

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino told police last month that he had consensual sex in a restaurant in 2003 with Karen Cunigan Sypher, who’s now accused of trying to extort the coach.                  That’s according to a Louisville Metro Police report obtained by the Courier-Journal under the Kentucky Open Records Act. Pitino also said […]

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