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Attorneys agree to make some information in Katina Powell lawsuits confidential

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Photo from "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," from Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing. Photo from "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," from Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- The author and publisher of Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," and an attorney suing her on behalf of University of Louisville students and women named in the book have agreed to keep some evidence in the lawsuits confidential.

Earlier this month, IBJ Book Publishing and author Dick Cady asked a Louisville judge for a protective order that would make evidence in the scandal's lawsuits confidential, claiming some "sensitive confidential and private" information could cause harm if released.

Specifically, Powell "has expressed concern about her safety from diehard University of Louisville fans who may seek to use her personal information to harass, stalk, or cause her harm."

On Monday, both sides told Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry they had agreed to make personal cell phone numbers and addresses confidential, meaning the public and media will not be able to see it before a potential trial. 

However, the two sides could not agree on other information and Perry told them to continue to try and work it out in the next couple of weeks. Perry said he was "reluctant" to keep too much information from the public and media. The judge did not object to the agreement to make phone numbers and addresses confidential.

Nader George Shunnarah, who represents six women who claim they were defamed by being depicted in the book wearing lingerie and dancing at parties in Minardi Hall, a U of L dormitory for athletes, told Perry attorneys for Cady and IBJ have refused to "tell us what they want confidential."

Among the evidence IBJ and Cady have asked be withheld from the public are addresses, cell phone numbers, financial data, contract negotiations and other "private" information.

Shunnarah has argued most of the information -- including financial records and logs kept by Powell -- should be open to the public. 

An attorney for Powell, Larry Wilder, has said the motion for a protective order "has nothing to do with her safety." Wilder, who did not file the motion, has said attorneys for IBJ and Cady are trying to make financial documents confidential. 

"Her address has been disseminated all over over already," Wilder has said of the allegation U of L fans would use court info to find Powell.

Powell alleges that former U of L staffer and player Andre McGee asked her to arrange for women to have intimate encounters with players and recruits.

Perry dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2015 on behalf of student Kyle Hornback, among others, ruling they had no standing to file a lawsuit alleging the Powell scandal had damaged the value of a degree from the school. That ruling has been appealed.

On June 10, attorneys for IBJ and Cady filed their own lawsuit against Hornback, other students and Shunnarah, claiming the students simply were trying to "extort a monetary settlement and gain notoriety." Powell was not named in the suit. 

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