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There are several lessons to take away from the recent scandal involving Charlie Roberts, the long-time president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association who resigned earlier this month after being hit with a salacious lawsuit by a former employee/ex-girlfriend.
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Officials with LSU and with the university's alumni association are expected to release a joint statement later today regarding the association's embattled president and CEO, Charlie Roberts, who has taken annual leave from his position in the wake of a lawsuit and alleged sex scandal. Roberts filed for leave this morning, just one day after his attorney, Mary Olive Pierson, said he would not be resigning from the position he has held for decades. Today, Pierson says Roberts decided to take leave after recognizing the lawsuit would be a distraction for the university. Alumni Association Board Chairman Dr. Fred Rew also says the decision to take leave was Roberts' choice. "He requested this and I accepted it," Rew says. "I am in support of it." But pressure was clearly mounting on Roberts to step down. In a previous conversation late Thursday, Rew said the association was prepared to take action and would be making a statement with respect to Roberts' future at some point today. Though Roberts' decision to take leave pre-empts that statement, it is expected to be issued this afternoon, after morning graduation festivities are concluded. As to whether the association is supportive of Roberts, Rew says only, "I can't say that because we haven't had a board meeting." The situation with Roberts came to light earlier this week, when a former association employee sued Roberts and the association over money she claims she is owed as part of an arrangement to end her employment following a long-term sexual relationship with him. —Stephanie Riegel Read the full story.
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