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OSBI investigating former OU President David Boren

The OSBI on Thursday began investigating former University of Oklahoma President David Boren after a former teaching assistant accused him of sexual battery.

Multiple Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents are involved, The Oklahoman has learned.

Boren, 77, denies the accusations. His attorney said the OSBI also should investigate the former assistant, Jess Eddy, for demanding money from Boren this month before going to Norman police.

"I would hope they would look at the whole picture," Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster said. "We would invite that."

OU last fall hired the global law firm Jones Day to look into allegations about Boren. During an interview with Jones Day attorneys, Eddy denied anything improper happened. He later told Boren's attorney in a written statement, "I would like to make perfectly clear that they are not true."

However, Eddy told the online news site NonDoc that Boren made unwanted sexual advances toward him over a two-year period, the first time in 2010 in a hotel room in Houston. "I’m just trying to do the right thing now," he said.

OU police became involved after Norman police declined to investigate for jurisdictional reasons. The OSBI confirmed Thursday it received a request from the OU police chief to assist in investigating allegations made against Boren and a former OU vice president, Tripp Hall.

OU also confirmed Thursday that OU police asked the OSBI to be the lead agency "in order to ensure an impartial and unbiased investigation on its campus."

Hall also has denied wrongdoing.

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University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren speaks in his office on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren speaks in his office on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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