Posted: Aug 6, 2014 6:21 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Aug 6, 2014 6:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- The president of the LSU Alumni Association, Dr. Charlie Roberts, is accused of giving a woman a job so she would maintain a sexual relationship with him, and then paying her monthly checks once she resigned.
According to the suit Kay Heath, a former employee of the association, got the job from Roberts so she could be financially independent enough to leave her husband.
The suit says that in 2012 the association found out about the affair and forced one of the two to resign. The suit goes on to say Roberts convinced Heath to resign because of his status and his financial ability to support her. Roberts makes more than $300,000 a year according to federal tax documents.
The suit claims Roberts made an agreement to pay Heath $3,200 a month for the rest of her life, and the association would give her a $21,000 lump sum if she resigned from her position, which she did.
Roberts made payments to Heath in the form of checks made out to cash until last month, according to the documents. That's when the suit says Roberts told Heath she would no longer get any checks, prompting Heath to sue.
In a letter provided by Roberts' attorney, he called the allegations scurrilous and claims the woman's lawyer essentially blackmailed him last week, asking for a payment of nearly $200,000 to keep quiet.
Heath would not let her attorney comment on the case, because she was afraid of the media attention.
LSU is run separate and apart from the association, but the chancellor promised a full investigation.