COURTSIn testimony, Pitino
tells of encounter
A woman accused of demanding millions to stay quiet about a tryst with Rick Pitino initiated the sex by whispering to him and unzipping his pants when he got up to leave an empty restaurant, he testified Wednesday in Louisville.
The Louisville coach's testimony marked the first time he's talked publicly in detail about his July 2003 encounter with Karen Cunagin Sypher, the meeting that led to her trial this week on extortion charges.
Pitino's portrayal of Sypher as the aggressor came after witnesses said she was flirty and persistent when she approached Pitino at the restaurant. "Some unfortunate things happened," Pitino said. "She opened up my pants."
"Did you have sex that night?" Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Ford asked. "Yes, very briefly," said Pitino.
Sypher is charged with extortion, asking for cash, cars and a house to stay quiet about the sex. She has pleaded not guilty, claiming Pitino sexually assaulted her.
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