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Boren accuser praised him to investigators hired by OU

The OU graduate now accusing retired President David Boren of sexual battery told investigators in February "that never happened."

"It's just been clear ... that there's just a political vendetta against him," Jess Eddy, 29, told attorneys for Jones Day, the law firm hired by the University of Oklahoma last fall to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Boren. "That's what's going on."

Eddy praised Boren, 77, for "the quality of his character."

"He was nothing ever to me but encouraging, supportive," Eddy said, according to a transcript of the 90-minute interview.

Eddy now is accusing Boren of making unwanted sexual advances toward him over a two-year period, the first time in 2010 in a hotel room in Houston. He spoke out to NonDoc, which published an account of his allegations Tuesday. "I’m just trying to do the right thing now," he told the online news site.

Eddy told The Associated Press that he had decided to speak publicly about his encounters with Boren after he "started to realize the implications of what I was doing by concealing my truth."

"Thinking that there might be others like me began to just haunt me," he said.

Eddy also told The Associated Press he met again with Jones Day investigators this week and provided a detailed account of his allegations against Boren.

Eddy declined to discuss his allegations when contacted by The Oklahoman. 

Eddy also went to Norman police, which referred the allegations to OU police. On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation began looking into the allegations, at the request of OU police.

Boren has denied any wrongdoing. Boren's attorney, Clark Brewster, said Eddy surreptitiously recorded the Jones Day interview and contacted him "out of the blue" to offer a copy. Brewster on Friday sent The Oklahoman a copy of the transcript provided him by Eddy.

The attorney is calling on OSBI agents to also investigate Eddy, for demanding money from Boren this month. "I hope they investigate the entire set of circumstances," Brewster said.

Eddy was a Boren teaching assistant when the two flew to Houston for a university development trip in 2010.

Eddy laughed during the Jones Day interview when he was asked if he ever told anybody that "when you were in his room that night, that he had touched your thigh," according to the transcript.

"No," he said.

He said they ate pizza in Boren's hotel room and talked about President John F. Kennedy. He said he didn't recall any drinking taking place.

"Got to ask him some pretty cool questions," Eddy said, "He was on the Senate Intelligence Committee ... so I knew ... he had top secret clearance. ... So I asked him about about JFK. And he told me the story about, you know, the Mafia or something like that."

He said they sat at a table in the hotel room, and Boren hadn't changed out of his clothes. "He was just in his, he always had those ... suspenders, shirt, you know," Eddy said.

He defended Boren at length when the investigators told him "there had been a report that you had had an encounter with President Boren where ... he, you had been drinking and there had maybe been some touching of you."

"That never happened," he said.

"You guys know the story on President Boren, right?" he then said.

"They made him swear on a Bible back in the '70s ... they'd been attacking him like this forever," Eddy said. "And right now, the regents, conservative people in Oklahoma, hate that man for being a liberal, one of the few liberal people in the state of Oklahoma, and that's what this is.

"And they're just attacking him ... (in) the same vein they've been attacking him his whole life."

Lead Jones Day investigator Rick Deane, a former U.S. attorney in Georgia, then asked: "Has there been any encounter between you and President Boren where he's acted in, in a way that you thought was inappropriate?"

"Absolutely not," Eddy said.

He then told the Jones Day investigators about a low time, when he was suicidal and thought he was never going to amount to anything. He said Boren told him, "Jess, the world needs you to survive."

Eddy said, "He was nothing ever to me but encouraging, supportive, I mean, you have no idea what it ... can do to ... somebody at rock bottom when ... somebody like him tells you that the world needs you and that you have potential. ... That's the quality of his character."

Eddy described during the interview ways Boren had helped him as his life fell apart because of drugs and alcohol and arrests. He said Boren called him in rehab, wrote a letter to a judge and helped him get a university job handling complaints to the President's Action Line.

"I'd go in, I'd call and see if I could see him every once and awhile and talk and ... it was always nice," he said.

The reference in the interview to Boren and a Bible dates back to 1978 when the Democrat was governor and first running for the U.S. Senate. Boren swore on a Bible that he was not homosexual after another candidate raised questions.

Boren spent nearly 24 years in charge at OU before retiring last year. He has not been interviewed by Jones Day.

This story has been updated to report The Oklahoman reached out to Eddy.  It was also updated to include Eddy told The Associated Press he met again with Jones Day investigators to provide a detailed account of his allegations against Boren.  

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Nolan Clay

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,... Read more ›

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