NEW YORK (AP) -The woman accused of trying to extort as much as $10 million from Rick Pitino over a sexual encounter says the Louisville coach orchestrated a plot to keep her silent, including a claim that her current husband was paid to marry her.
Karen Sypher, whose extortion charge is still pending, says in Friday's edition of the New York Post that Pitino - a married father of five - engaged her at a Louisville restaurant in 2003, where the sexual encounter is said to have occurred. Pitino admitted to the tryst Wednesday and issued a public apology.
The Post reported that Sypher, whose last name at the time of the encounter was Cunagin, went on to claim that her subsequent marriage to Tim Sypher - Pitino's equipment manager - was all part of an elaborate plot Pitino used to keep the incident private.
``The feds bugged my house and put surveillance everywhere with Tim's help,'' said Sypher, who is currently going through a divorce.
``I now think my husband was paid to marry me.''
b at Louisville appears safe after school president James Ramsey said Thursday it was time to move on and that the coach is ``our guy.''
``This woman is incapable of telling the truth,'' said Pitino's lawyer, Steve Pence. ``She is extremely deceitful, and in many ways disturbed.''
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