Zach Tomaselli, who accused Bernie Fine of sexual abuse now says he has been lying for months. In a series of email exchanges, Tomaselli writes: "It has become a burden of a lie and I am sick of it. Bobby Davis told me what to tell detectives and it pretty much took off from there. The evidence that supports me is just pure luck, not real evidence. I made the ENTIRE thing up. I have never met Bernie in my life."
On the telephone Tomaselli told CNYCentral's Matt Mulcahy, "It was a game to me. It was fun trying to make this story come alive. I was told by Bobby Davis what kind of porn Bernie likes. So I would add we were watching lesbian porn and going on and on. But, it didn't pan out because of my school records, there was a hole I didn't fill."
Tomaselli went on to write, "I NEVER met Bernie fine or went to an autograph session. I sat in the nosebleeds at the Pitt game at the dome in 03 but that is it. I lied." As for why he misled police, prosecutors, reporters and the general public for so long, Tomaselli wrote, "I don't have feelings most of the time. I just hate people without caring." Tomaselli said his lie was motivated by a deep dislike for the Syracuse Orange because they beat his favorite Kansas Jayhawks in the 2003 championship game.
Matt Mulcahy asked Tomaselli, "Do you have an apology to offer Bernie Fine and his friends?" Zach Tomaselli said, "Yes. Is it heartfelt. Probably Not. I don't have feelings. I just don't.." Mulcahy said, "You're not sorry for what you've done?" Zach said, " No." Tomaselli did acknowledge he is sorry for dragging down Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Boeheim who is being sued for defamation by Bobby Davis and his step brother Michael Lang.
Tomaselli reports to a prison in Maine next Wednesday to begin serving a three year term for sexually abusing a teen at a summer camp. When asked if the true reason he made up the story about Bernie Fine was to receive leniency in his abuse case in Maine Tomaselli said, " I can't talk about my case, but you can guess the answer."