"We have had an opportunity to review the legal papers. We are gratified by the Court's decision dismissing this lawsuit."
In response to the court ruling, Attorney Glorida Allred, who is representing Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, issued the following:
"When Bobby Davis came forward years ago and complained about sexual abuse he was ignored. When the allegations were made public he was attacked. It is difficult enough for victims of childhood sexual abuse to come forward.
This decision sends the message that you can attack the alleged victim and call him a liar with impunity. It makes it even harder for victims to come forward. We will file an appeal and continue to fight."It??s been nearly six months since Davis and Lang accused former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse, setting off an eventful series of motions and claims. Since November 2011, a federal investigation was launched including a search of Fine??s home, two other men accused Fine of sexual abuse and then recanted, a defamation lawsuit was filed against Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University for calling Davis and Lang liars, and the defamation case was moved from New York City to Syracuse where it was dismissed. Davis and Lang argued that Boeheim defamed them by calling them liars when they accused Fine of sexual abuse back in November. Davis and Lang claim that Boeheim knew or should have known about the abuse. In March, lawyers for Syracuse University and Boeheim filed a motion to dismiss the case. Boeheim supported his longtime assistant when the accusations initially broke, calling Davis a liar and opportunist looking to cash in on the publicity surrounding the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Boeheim later apologized amid criticism from victims' rights advocates. Attorneys for Davis and Lang argued that the motion to dismiss should be denied. Lawyers for Boeheim and SU say that Boeheim??s statements fall within his constitutional right to express his opinion. Fine has denied any wrongdoing. The federal investigation into the allegations is still ongoing. (Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)