Attorneys for alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky lashed out Saturday at a new interview with the former Penn State football coach, with one calling it “another failed attempt to manipulate the public.”
Howard Janet, who represents the person identified as Victim 6 in the grand jury report that led to Sandusky’s indictment, said Sandusky also attempted — unsuccessfully — to “manipulate the future jury pool.”
“He’s not accomplishing … his desired goal,” Janet said. He called much of Sandusky’s interview with The New York Times, which published on Saturday, “uncomfortable to watch” and “disingenuous.”
“Every time he opens his mouth, virtually, he puts his foot in it,” Janet said.
Among other statements, Sandusky attempted to clarify his relationships with young people in the extensive interview with the newspaper.
“If I say, ‘No, I’m not attracted to young boys,’ that’s not the truth,” he said, according to a story published Saturday. “Because I’m attracted to young people — boys, girls — I …”
His lawyer, who was present at the interview, spoke up at that point to note that Sandusky is “not sexually” attracted to them.
“Right. I enjoy, that’s what I was trying to say, I enjoy spending time with young people. I enjoy spending time with people,” Sandusky continued. “I mean my two favorite groups are the elderly and the young.”
The grand jury report, made public last month, detailed 40 charges against Sandusky in a child sex abuse scandal involving at least eight alleged victims and spanning 15 years.
In a recent interview with NBC’s Bob Costas, Sandusky was asked directly: “Are you sexually attracted to underage boys?”
Sandusky repeated the question, paused, and responded, “No. I enjoy young people.”
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