Rich Rodriguez Accuser:He Grabbed Penis In Front Of Me… Players Sent Me Penis Pics
1/3/2018 3:40 PM PST
Rich Rodriguez's ex-assistant claimed the University of Arizona football coach terrorized her for years … making several passes at her, forcing her to cover up his extramarital affair — and grabbing his penis in front of her.
It's all laid out in the notice of claim she filed with the AZ Attorney General's Office — the first step before filing a lawsuit.
In the document, both Melissa Wilhelmsen and her husband, Jason — "a former Marine and DEA agent" — describe Rodriguez as a monster who used his power to turn their lives into a living hell.
Among the allegations …
— Melissa claims U of A football players sent her screenshots of their genitalia and made illicit overtures via text. When she asked Rodriguez to intervene, he ignored her.
— Melissa claims Rodriguez asked her to get a sideline pass to a 2015 football game against USC for a "friend" who turned out to be his sidepiece. Rich's wife was also on the sideline that day. Melissa claims she had to stand between the women to prevent a confrontation.
— Melissa claims Rich's wife grew suspicious about his fidelity and grilled her at a private 3-hour lunch in 2016.
— Melissa claims over the years, Rodriguez made advances on her despite the fact she was married … and tried to kiss her at least once.
— Melissa claims Rodriguez pulled her into a closed door meeting and began "grasping his penis beneath his basketball shorts which were pulled all the way up" in Feb. 2017.
— Perhaps the most disturbing allegation … Melissa claims Rodriguez ignored a warning from a team staffer about a player, Zach Hemmila, who seemed unwell and needed help.
Rodriguez allegedly "did nothing" about the warning — and the next day, Hemmila was found dead from a painkiller overdose.
— Melissa and her husband claim Rodriguez created a hostile work environment that caused dangerous amounts of stress on their marriage … that led to her being hospitalized for severe migraine headaches.
They're seeking $7.5 million from Rodriguez.
For his part, Rodriguez has admitted to cheating on his wife — but denies all other allegations.
Arizona fired Rodriguez this week — but said an investigation into the "specific harassment allegations could not be substantiated based on the evidence and witnesses available to it."
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