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Former LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, along with 13 others, were dropped as defendants from a high-profile sex discrimination case accusing numerous LSU employees of ignoring sexual assault complaints and violating Title IX policies set by the university.
Ten current and former LSU students are plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was originally filed in April of 2021. The amended suit which previously listed 19 defendants was officially trimmed down to five on Wednesday when a judge ordered that the 14 defendants previously named be "dismissed without prejudice."
LSU deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry, senior associate athletic director Miriam Segar, Title IX coordinator Jennie Stewart, associate dean of students Jonathan Sanders and the university's board of supervisors are still named as defendants in the case.
"The judge asked to narrow our complaint down and we analyzed who the relevant parties were," Karen Truszkowski, the plaintiffs' attorney, told The Daily Advertiser on Wednesday. "From a legal perspective, there are certain people, entities that cannot necessarily be held responsible."
When contacted by The Daily Advertiser on Wednesday, an LSU spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
LSU and Orgeron parted ways after a 6-6 season. The Tigers won the national championship in 2019.
Along with Orgeron, LSU, the Tiger Athletic Foundation, former LSU President F. King Alexander, former AD Joseph Alleva, associate AD Sharon Lewis, assistant director of recruiting operations Keava Soil-Cormier, LSU tennis coaches Julia and Michael Sell, and Orgeron's company, the Rose Boys Finch LLC., among others are no longer defendants in the case.
The edited lawsuit also does not include accusations of the defendants violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is designed to crackdown on organized crime.
The lawsuit still claims the defendants fostered a "sexually hostile environment against them" that "impeded and effectively denied Plaintiffs’ equal access to educational opportunities and benefits." It also alleges that the plaintiffs faced discrimination based on their sex among other offenses and that the defendants, despite knowing so, did not properly remedy the situation.
Despite no longer being a defendant in the lawsuit, Orgeron is still cited in the case for alleged misconduct. The suit claims that Orgeron did not disclose an alleged rape brought to his attention by LSU's Title IX office and told the boyfriend of one of the plaintiffs to not be upset about the rape because "everybody's girlfriend sleeps with other people," among other offenses.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are requesting a permanent injunction that requires LSU to follow Title IX laws and comply with "recurring external audits of LSU’s Title IX compliance and various damages." They are also seeking damages "in an amount to be determined at trial."
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: LSU football: Ed Orgeron dropped from sex discrimination case