BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The attorney for LSU Alumni Association CEO and President Dr. Charlie Roberts told WAFB Wednesday a pending lawsuit against her client is frivolous.
In a five page lawsuit filed August 1 in 19th Judicial District Court Kay Heath seeks financial compensation for what she claims was an agreement she made with Roberts in 2012. The suit also claims the two had been involved in a long term sexual relationship.
The complaint reads, "In order to establish her economic independence from her then husband and to entice petitioner to continue the sexual relationship, Roberts, on behalf of the association, offered petitioner employment, which was accepted."
The lawsuit also alleges that Roberts and an alumni association board member later persuaded Heath to resign from that position due to the sexual relationship. The complaint adds that from the time of her resignation in 2012 to July, 2014 Heath was paid around $3,000 a month as well as given a $21,000 lump sum.
Roberts and his attorney Mary Olive Pierson released statements Wednesday labeling the lawsuit without merit.
Pierson told WAFB by phone, “The tone of the demands and lawsuit were threatening and added we don't give into threats.”
LSU issued a statement on behalf of University Chancellor F. King Alexander, "LSU takes these accusations seriously, and will conduct an inquiry to gather all the facts. We will ensure that we do the right thing by our alumni and our university."
Heath’s attorney said at the request of his client he would not comment on the case. Pierson was asked if Dr. Roberts had any plans of resigning his post as head of the Alumni Association and said he did not. Pierson also says Roberts has not been asked to resign.