ku-mediumUniversity of Arizona women’s basketball team assistant coach Sean LeBeauf still has a job, but a string of sexual harassment allegations from his previous job have now been made public.  Before taking the post in Arizona, LeBeauf was director of athletics and the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Paris Junior College in Texas.  Alleged incidents at the junior college are at the heart of a complaint filed by Ebonee Tate.

Tate says that in 2012, LeBeauf made numerous unwanted advances including blowing kisses at her and sending her text messages like “U need to lose 10 lbs… U need to lose weight… Ur sexy at 164, but u would be even sexier at 155.”

Tate says she told the school’s president Pam Anglin about the incidents and Anglin told Tate, “sometimes men will flirt and harass you in the “real world” and that Tate should learn to deal with it.” According to the complaint, LeBeauf got wind of the meeting and threatened to take away Tate’s scholarship. Tate did in fact end up losing her scholarship and dropped out the school.

The complaint also details past allegations from other students, including a player who says LeBeauf kissed her and another player who says he sent pictures of his genitals to her mother.  Yet another player says she and LeBeauf had sex in 2010. Deadspin has a copy of the complaint in its entirety.

Good for Tate for taking legal action. Have you ever been sexually harassed? Did you ever go the authorities? Why or why not?

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  • Anhony

    This dude needs to coach men’s basketball in prison. He could then be told to get used to sexual harassment by men himself.

    • if the allegations are proven to be true, then i’d agree with you that he deserves it. but as the duke lacrosse shows, people lie and we need to be careful crucifying a person on mere accusations. whatever happened to guilty until proven innocent?

    • MJ

      You must mean innocent until proven guilty. If it’s the way you said it then you’re agreeing with what the previous commenter stated even though we don’t know if it’s true or not.

    • i meant innocent until proven guilty as you rightly pointed out. though, in Obama’s “preponderance of evidence” standard, it might as well be guilty until proven innocent.

  • Jay

    I get sooooo tired of men being able to treat women with absolute disrespect and still be able to get a job and advance in life despite the suffering they’ve caused. The scars run deep and wide for these young girls and women who deal with this bullshit. When will men learn that OUR BODIES BELONG TO US NOT them!!! I get so tired of hearing about the R. Kellys, the Chris Browns, and the Sean LeBeaufs and seeing nothing happen to them. Let 2014 be the year of freedom for ALL women of ALL races, ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Helly

    I’m very sympathetic to all victims of harassment but this person wasn’t condemned, just the object of allegations. And those people aren’t public figures. If you want to initiate a conversation on sexual harrassment no need to shame anybody.

    • apparently, people never lie about sexual assaults and rape so this guy is guilty – case close.

  • Marisa

    You would think after the names Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas were entered into the public’s conscience, that people especially in the work place would get it through their heads that stuff you used to do, you simply can’t anymore. This society still has that mentality of actions from back in the day is still acceptable now. Remember Joe Namath and his drunken antics with ESPN Suzie Kolber now 40 years ago he could have gotten away with trying to pawn all over her, now his antique ass went to rehab for his boozing, and had to publicly apologize to Suzie for his lecherous behavior. Once again you can’t treat many of these various work places like your at the club, now I see why many companies have a no fraternizing policy.

  • DownSouth Transplant

    @ cbmts, people lie, that I can agree but the statistical probability of >3 different people claiming the same kind of incident with one person raises the bar of culpability and lowers the threshold of presumptuous innocence you want us to give.