NORMAN, Oklahoma - The University of Oklahoma released a statement concerning an investigation in which its former president, David Boren, is accused of sexual harassment involving male aides, according to sources. 

OU confirmed that the investigation into the “serious misconduct” is ongoing and the university is “legally obligated to investigate”:

"The University of Oklahoma received allegations of serious misconduct that it was legally obligated to investigate.  The University retained the Jones Day firm to conduct an independent investigation, which is ongoing at the current time.   Appropriate individuals will have an opportunity to be interviewed during the investigation.”

 

Boren's attorney Bob Burke released a statement, saying in part, "It is a fishing expedition." And pointed to the current OU President James Gallogly as a possible source of the leaked allegations. 

Read Burke's full statement below: 

This is not an objective search for the truth. It is a fishing expedition. It has been widely reported that the current OU president threatened to destroy President Boren. I hope this leak of a possible inquiry is not part of any agenda to smear President Boren’s good name.

I have been told that President James Gallogly has in the past few months commissioned the Jones-Day firm to investigate several people. I have not been given a complaint or summary of any complaint against President Boren. To date, Jones-Day has not accepted our invitation to meet to talk about the matter. Jones-Day has been paid nearly $300,000 in taxpayer money and still won’t agree to even talk to President Boren’s counsel.

Even though we have received no complaint, President Boren emphatically denies any inappropriate behavior or unlawful activity. He has been a dedicated public servant for more than 50 years and his life is an open book in Oklahoma.

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