Les Miles settles with intern who accused him of ‘hitting on her’
Former LSU football coach Les Miles has reached a settlement with a student intern who claimed he made inappropriate sexual advances towards her.
Andrea Gallo and Brooks Kubena of The Advocate reported Miles–now the football coach at the University of Kansas–settled with a former LSU Athletic Department student intern, who accused Miles of “hitting on her” nearly a decade ago.
The settlement has apparently come up as part of a recent investigation regarding LSU’s procedural dealings regarding sexual misconduct and domestic violence complaints.
LSU vice president of strategic communications Jim Sabourin said this is the first time the university has learned of such a settlement:
“As part of the Husch Blackwell review and our internal investigations, we have heard about a settlement but LSU is not a party to it and we have not seen it,” Sabourin told The Advocate.
Miles reportedly told The Advocate “That’s not true” when asked about allegations made by the former student intern. He did not answer questions about the settlement. However, Miles’ attorney said the description of the lawsuit was “incomplete” and generally faulty.
Husch Blackwell, the law firm hired to conduct the independent probe, is looking into incidents occurring both during Miles’ tenure as head coach as well as complaints made since Ed Orgeron took over in 2016.
The Advocate also reported Miles had been investigated by a Baton Rouge law firm for a separate incident eight years ago. There is some skepticism as to Miles potentially trying to hide further investigations into his behavior and prevent the university from releasing said information.