DENVER — Lawyers for Lisa Simpson on Tuesday filed a motion seeking to amend her suit against the University of Colorado to include allegations that the school retaliated against her by refusing to allow her to enroll at CU-Denver under an assumed name.
The filing of the motion will almost certainly derail a federal judge’s plan to this month set a trial date. The motion also accused of CU Regent Paul Schauer of making disparaging remarks about Simpson, whose 2003 a suit alleges she was raped at a party held at her home and attended by CU football players and recruits.
The motion accused Schauer of telling others at at an Aug. 19 political function that when the football players arrived at Simpson’s hone, she “opened the door to greet them naked.”
CU officials, in a statement released early Tuesday evening, denied that Schauer made the comments and called the accusation “just plain wrong.”
“Allegations in the plaintiff’s amended complaint that the university has attempted to discredit Ms. Simpson are untrue,” the statement said. “The university and its officials have responded to intense scrutiny over the last few months that has been generated as a result of Ms. Simpson’s lawsuit. During that time, we have made the privacy rights of all involved — including Ms. Simpson — one of our paramount concerns. To assert that we have done otherwise and to seek additional money damages on that assertion is just plain wrong.”
A source close to the case who asked not to be identified, said the new motion, if granted, will “push the trial into 2006.”
Simpson’s suit was earlier combined with one filed by Anne Gilmore, who claimed to have been raped at the same Dec. 7, 2001 party. Gilmore, however, did not join Simpson in Tuesday’s motion to amend the original complaint.
CU lawyers, according to the complaint, will oppose the motion. A trial date was expected to be set at a Sept. 29 status conference, but the new motion, if granted, would set the schedule back by what the source called “at least months.”
If Simpson is allowed to amend the complaint, it would be the second time she has done so. In March, U.S. Magistrate Craig Schaffer allowed her to amend the suit to include allegations that another woman was raped by a football player in 2001 and “intimidated” into not pressing criminal charges.
The new motion claims CU officials initially agreed to allow Simpson to enroll for the 2004 fall term at CU-Denver under an assumed, but that she was notified by the registrar’s office on Aug. 19 that she would “only be permitted to enroll at CU-Denver under her legal name.”
The motion claims CU has allowed other students to enroll under assumed names but refused to allow Simpson to do so in retaliation for her lawsuit. It says the refusal was “motivated, at least in part, by her assertion of claims.”
The CU press release did not address the CU-Denver enrollment issue.
Also pending in the case are two motions filed by CU lawyers — one asking for dismissal of the case and one asking that records be turned over showing how much money Simpson and Gilmore were given by Boulder County Victims Assistance.