Third accuser sues Fine

Zach Tomaselli, the third accuser in the Bernie Fine scandal, has officially filed suit in Pittsburgh against the former associate head coach.

The third accuser in the Bernie Fine scandal, Zach Tomaselli, filed a civil suit Thursday against the former associate head coach of Syracuse University's men's basketball team. Tomaselli alleges that Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh hotel room on that he stayed at with Fine and the rest of the Syracuse basketball team on Jan. 21, 2002.

The father of Zach Tomaselli has claimed that his son is not telling the truth. His son claims that his father also molested him. On Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick stated Wednesday that he will be providing Fine's defense team with information regarding the team's travel arrangements for the 2002 Pittsburgh game in addition to school attendance and hotel records pertaining to Tomaselli, the legal implication being that the evidence may compromise Tomaselli's story. Fitzpatrick is obligated to do so in accordance with Brady v. Maryland as well as Giglio v. United States.

Both precedents also require that the prosecution, in this case state and federal authorities, and now Tomaselli's lawyers, be provided with said material. Fitzpatrick has promised to meet his obligation to Pennsylvania and the US Attorney's office. The News House has no reason to believe the same will not be done for Tomaselli's legal team.

Fine maintains his denial of this charge and is currently being represented by Harris Beach PLLC. The NewsHouse has yet to obtain a statement from his defense. The suit against Fine was filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and is now being referred to as Tomaselli v. Fine 11-025439.

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