In Louisville Sex Scandal Allegations
10/2/2015 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking newsLouisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is adamantly denying having any involvement in an alleged prostitution scandal rocking the school’s basketball program … claiming he’s completely shocked by the allegations.
The University has already launched an investigation into allegations spelled out in a book penned by self-described madam Katina Powell … in which she claims U of L staff paid her more than $10,000 for dancing and sex services from her stable of escorts.
In her book, Powell singles out ex-Louisville staffer Andre McGee — a graduate assistant who became director of basketball operations — claiming he was the point man who paid Powell.
Powell claims her stable of dancers included her own daughters — and they would perform for Louisville players at various off-campus locations from 2010 to 2014.
After the dances, Powell claims she would negotiate a separate fee for the players to have sex with the women.
As for Pitino, he just addressed the media and denied any involvement in the alleged sex plot — adding, “It’s a mild understatement that I’m shocked at these allegations.”
Pitino says he spoke with McGee about the allegations — and McGee denied everything. Still he added, “If Andre is a part in this in any way, I’ve got to forgive him.”
There’s more … Pitino says, “I’m shocked over this. My heart’s just taken out of my body and broken.”
“I venture to say that not one person came here because of these women.”
4:35PM PT — The University of Missouri-Kansas City — where McGee currently coaches — just released a statement announcing McGee has been placed on administrative leave. School officials say they’ve initiated a review into the UL prostitution allegations .