A Louisiana State Senate committee formally asked LSU coach Ed Orgeron to testify following testimony from Gloria Scott that Orgeron knew that Derrius Guice was sexually harassing her.
The hearing is scheduled for April 8, but the head coach has not responded. according to Senator Regina Barrow. You have until Tuesday to respond.
Scott, a 74-year-old man who worked part-time security at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, testified last week that Orgeron knew about Guice’s actions and lied to investigators about it.
He recalled being approached by the then LSU player and his friends at his booth outside of Elevator 8 at Bunker G in 2017.
“I like to fuck women like you older women, because you know that everyone likes young men to fuck each other,” Scott said, Guice told him. “And you know you want this body.”
Guice continued to sexually harass the then 70-year-old, making vulgar comments and rubbing his body up and down from his chest to his genitals. according to USA Today.
Scott told lawmakers during the March 26 hearing that he tried to report the incident to LSU athletic department administrators, the school’s director of student responsibility and directly to Guice’s head coach, Orgeron. However, the school did not take any action.
Orgeron then called Scott to ask him to forgive Guice, calling him a “troubled boy.” The head coach continued, telling him that the player was “joking.”
“I was so hurt, so nervous and so upset,” Scott said during the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children hearing on March 26. “Never in my life have I had a man or a boy speak to me like he did.”
“It doesn’t matter how good a player is, soccer, basketball. You still have to do something when they do something wrong, ”he added.
The committee is conducting hearings on LSU’s failure to comply with Title IX requirements to report and investigate incidents of sexual misconduct after the school released the Husch Blackwell report. This document included allegations of sexual misconduct against former head football coach Les Miles, who recently parted ways with Kansas amid the aftermath.
Scott’s testimony calls into question whether Orgeron lied to the independent investigators who investigated the incident as part of a larger investigation into the school’s inability to handle reports of sexual misconduct. In his interview with Husch Blackwell, Orgeron denied having direct communication with Scott.
On WNXX-FM, 104.5’s “Off the Bench” Earlier this week, Orgeron said Scott’s testimony was the first time he had heard of “all the horrible details” about the encounter. He added that he was “sick from what she went through.”
“Like I told you,” Orgeron said Tuesday, “I really don’t remember talking to Ms. Scott three years ago. But I know that Ms. Scott deserves to be listened to and admired for her bravery. I have been and have been. I will continue to be committed to a culture of integrity and compliance. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.