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U of L Board of Trustees chairman responds to sex scandal allegations

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University of Louisville Board of Trustees chairman Dr. Larry Benz speaks to the media after a board meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. University of Louisville Board of Trustees chairman Dr. Larry Benz speaks to the media after a board meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – University of Louisville board of trustees chairman Larry Benz answered questions Thursday amid controversy involving the school’s basketball program.

Behind closed doors in executive session for a specially scheduled meeting, Dr. Benz said he and the rest of the board discussed “ongoing and pending litigation” involving the university. After the meeting, Benz said he would not disclose the subject matter of the meeting but did indicate it involved matters unrelated to the alleged basketball sex scandal.

“We are committed to fully cooperating in every, single way,” Benz said. “Secondly, we are desperate seekers of the truth. We want to know the truth as much as you do.”

Breaking Cardinal Rules was released on Oct. 2. In the book, self-proclaimed madam Katina Powell claimed she provided strippers and escorts for Louisville basketball players and recruits.

She says former basketball director of basketball operations Andre McGee paid her more than $10,000 for parties inside the men's basketball dormitory on campus. Last week, at least one grand jury subpoena was issued as part of an investigation into events the book describes. IBJ Book Publishing, the company that published Powell's book, confirmed it was subpoenaed to provide information to a Jefferson County grand jury on Thursday.

Benz would not confirm any subpoenas being issued to anyone connected to U of L.

“I’m not aware of anything in regards to a grand jury investigation,” Benz said.

He sidestepped several direct questions about the investigation and its progress, but he did not deny the claims made in the book.

“We can learn from this,” Benz said. “So whatever happened, happened. But it’s more important to take whatever happened and leverage this so we can prevent it from ever happening again.”

Benz said he wouldn't speculate on whether the public perception of the university has changed since the book's release, but said he felt U of L's recent accomplishments outweigh any negative effects.

“We are the University of Louisville,” he said. “There's a lot to this university outside the spectacle and attention that has been disproportionately given  to what is likely at best, a small subset of any population.”

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