Posted: Aug 8, 2014 10:31 AM by Russell Jones & Rob Krieger
Updated: Aug 8, 2014 6:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU officials said Friday they have launched an inquiry into allegations that Alumni Association President Charlie Roberts gave a woman a job in order to maintain a sexual relationship with her.
Roberts also announced Friday he was taking voluntary leave from his position to deal with the lawsuit brought against him and the Association by Kay Heath. Roberts attorney, Mary Olive Pierson, says the board was supportive of Roberts and did not want him to take leave, but he did so to avoid distraction.
Heath claimed in the suit that when the Alumni Association found out about the relationship in 2012 one of them had to resign, and Roberts convinced her to step down in return for monthly payments. When Roberts' payments stopped several months back, Heath said she chose to file the lawsuit.
Pierson said they intended to fight the suit, and would not settle. Heath told News 2 she would drop the Alumni Association from the suit if Roberts was fired or resigned.
But some Tiger alums are already reconsidering donations.
"For us to give money, we have to have a lot of faith in the people who are running the association and it doesn't sound like they've been on the ball," said Donya Othling, who graduated in 1986.
Others wont' let the suit affect their devotion to purple and gold.
"It's not gonna affect it," said Van Mummert, who graduated in 1973, "I send my money to LSU not to Charlie Roberts."
LSU said Cliff Vannoy, chief operating officer of the Alumni Association, will serve as acting CEO while Roberts is on leave.