'Lavish' spending claim disputed

5/12/2005 - Colorado Buffaloes

DENVER -- Attorneys for two women whose recently dismissed
lawsuit sparked the University of Colorado football scandal
complained to a federal judge Thursday that school lawyers are
seeking reimbursement for lavish spending.

University attorneys want the women to pay for first-class
airfare, lodging at an expensive downtown Denver hotel for an
expert defense witness and other "outrageous and truly excessive
costs," according to documents filed by the women's attorneys in
U.S. District Court.

Judge Robert Blackburn ordered the women to pay the university's
costs after dismissing their lawsuit in March. The women asked the
judge Thursday to reduce the amount the school has requested from
$90,475 to $34,218.

A university spokeswoman did not immediately return phone
messages seeking comment Thursday.

Former CU student Lisa Simpson and another woman alleged they
were sexually assaulted by football players or recruits during an
off-campus party in December 2001. They claimed the university
violated Title IX by allowing its athletic department to harbor an
environment of sexual harassment that led to their assaults.

Blackburn dismissed the lawsuit saying the women did not meet
specific standards necessary to sue under Title IX, the federal law
protecting equal gender access to public education. The women have
asked the judge to reconsider his decision.

It is the policy of The Associated Press not to name alleged
sexual assault victims without their consent. Simpson has agreed to
have her name used in media reports. The other woman has asked that
her name not be used.