Katina Powell, a self-described former escort at the center of a sex scandal involving the Louisville men’s basketball team, is the target of a new lawsuit from the women she claimed to have pimped to recruits at sex parties, reports ESPN.com.
Five women claim that Powell – in her tell-all book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” – used their photos and two of their first names without consent and defamed all of them by implying that they sold sex for money at the parties.
On Monday, the women filed an amended civil complaint in Jefferson County Circuit Court against Powell, Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing and the book’s author, former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dick Cady. A sixth woman is expected to join the lawsuit within a week, said Nader Shunnarah and J. Andrew White, the attorneys representing the women.
As previously reported, the book details nearly two dozen stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Louisville’s Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes and other students that is named for the late brother-in-law of Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino.
Powell has said that former Louisville basketball graduate assistant Andre McGee arranged the parties, paid her $10,000 for supplying dancers and paid for several sex-for-cash “side deals.” McGee has denied the allegations.
“The ladies who are plaintiffs in our case indicated they were never involved, never saw [sex]. There was no red-light room. They’re telling us there was no prostitution involved,” Shunnarah said.