The woman who claimed sexual harassment allegations against former Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez has now filed a second claim with the Arizona Attorney General’s office.
According to ESPN, a second claim was filed by the same woman and her husband after Rodriguez publicly denied her initial harassment claims.
The initial claim sought $7.5 million and includes an allegation that players on the Arizona football team sent the woman screenshots of their genitalia and illicit overtures via text message and that when she went to Rodriguez to intervene, he ignored her.
The new claim, which includes the woman’s husband as a claimant and was filed with the Arizona Board of Regents Friday, outlines many of the same allegations as the first one, but adds allegations of slander, defamation and false light, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The new claim is now seeking $8.5 million from Rodriguez and the state of Arizona. According to ESPN, the claim can only escalate to a lawsuit if an agreement is not reached between the two sides within 60 days.
Rodriguez once again took to social media to proclaim his innocence in the situation.
“I am aware of the amended complaint and the absolutely false claims. My family and I are eager for our side of the story to be told. The truth will come out and the plaintiffs’ motives will be plain to see. It is important to remember that there was an extensive investigation into the matter that found no wrongdoing by me. Additionally, I took an independent polygraph test that confirmed I have been truthful throughout the investigation.”
While the allegations were not the official reason why Rodriguez was leg go by Arizona, the claims did lead the school to reevaluate their relationship with the head coach. Here’s the statement released from the school when Rodriguez was let go.
“After conducting a thorough evaluation of our football program and its leadership, both on and off the field, President Robbins and I feel it is in the best interest of the University of Arizona and our athletics department to go in a new direction,” Athletics Director Dave Heeke said.
The Wildcats lost four of their last five games last season. Rodriguez, a former head coach with Michigan and West Virginia, was under contract with Arizona through 2020.