'Lavish' spending claim disputed

Updated: May 12, 2005, 9:58 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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