Reggie Lynch's lawyer compares '#MeToo' movement to Japanese internment camps

Reggie Lynch's lawyer compares '#MeToo' movement to Japanese internment camps

Pacyga said Lynch fully cooperated with the university's investigation without the presence of a lawyer-even though he had the right not to. The university's investigator recommended Lynch be suspended from campus until August 1, 2020, in that matter.

"(Lynch) didn't do much yesterday just because I'm more focused on the guys who are playing more than anything", Pitino said.

Lynch was suspended from games last week but allowed to continue practicing while he appeals.

Pacyga compared the accusations against Lynch and the current climate towards sexual misconduct to the hysteria that led to Japanese internment camps during World War II. "Lynch is indicating that there was no sexual contact whatsoever", Pacyga said Wednesday.

Hutton and Pacyga were involved with the 10 Gophers football players in last year's case of an alleged sexual assault.

"What's particularly troubling for Reggie Lynch is that these allegations came approximately 18 months after the alleged conduct", Pacyga said.

During a press conference Wednesday at which the basketball star was conspicuously absent, Attorney Ryan Pacyga confirmed Lynch has filed requests for an appeals hearing for both his suspension and expulsion.

"That's why I'm afraid for Reggie Lynch, and that's why I'm afraid for a host of young people that are accused of these things, and you couple that with a decrease in due process in a Title IX investigation." he said.

On Wednesday evening, Abby Honold, who was raped by a fellow U of M student in 2014 and who has championed legislation to change how campus assaults are handled, shared a message from the student who reported being assaulted by Lynch on April 28, 2016. Law enforcement could have come in and collected the bedding, could have had the accuser do a sexual assault exam where she would have DNA swabs done and they would test for DNA and semen. He was never criminally charged in the case, and the EOAA cleared him. "Reggie Lynch has been robbed of that opportunity".

"It's safe to presume that when you're an athlete of this stature, you probably have a number of opportunities and occasions to meet people of the opposite sex", Pacyga said.

Asked whether he considered Lynch a victim, Pacyga paused. "But anytime someone is dealing with allegations and saying "I didn't do this" and you're accused in such a serious situation, I think anyone would feel victimized by that".

Lynch started his college basketball career at Illinois State in 2013.

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