BERKELEY, Calif., April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys for California assistant basketball coach Yann Hufnagel said today they have presented new evidence to University officials that unequivocally demonstrates his innocence in alleged sexual harassment charges.
"We urge University officials to move quickly to remove the cloud over Yann Hufnagel so that he can move forward with his coaching career and get back to doing what he loves," said Mary McNamara of Swanson & McNamara law firm. "The University has wronged an innocent person, and it must correct its error."
Hufnagel and his attorneys met with UC Berkeley on March 23 and laid out extensive evidence that clearly proves Hufnagel's innocence in allegations by an off-campus female sports reporter that he harassed her through text messages. No claims of physical contact were made.
New evidence from Hufnagel's legal team demonstrates the reporter fabricated the story she presented to UC investigators by selectively choosing the texts she provided and by withholding essential information in the investigation. Hufnagel's attorneys provided the University the full record of text messages between the parties. The evidence completely contradicts her claim that she was the unwilling recipient of sexual innuendo because the texts show she was actively engaged and most often the initiator of text message conversations.
The record also shows that at no time during the six month period at issue did Hufnagel withhold information from the sports reporter; in fact, he went out of his way to help the reporter every time she requested information, thus debunking her claims that he used this information as leverage.
"It is appropriate for the University to take a strong stand against sexual harassment, but this is simply the wrong case in which to do so," McNamara said.
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