Girl­friend says Bo­er­meester treated un­fairly

She says in­ves­ti­ga­tion by USC of al­leged as­sault by the kicker was ‘un­just’ to both.

Los Angeles Times - - FOOTBALL - By Zach Helfand zach.helfand@la­times.com Twit­ter: @zhelfand

The girl­friend of for­mer USC kicker Matt Bo­er­meester said Sun­day that the Ti­tle IX in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led to his re­moval from the school’s foot­ball team was “hor­ri­ble and un­just” to her and Bo­er­meester.

Zoe Katz, 22, a se­nior, said in a two-page state­ment her at­tor­ney emailed to The Times that Bo­er­meester “has been falsely ac­cused of con­duct in­volv­ing me.” Katz con­firmed that the state­ment was hers. Her at­tor­ney, Kerry L. Steiger­walt, said that USC al­leged that Bo­er­meester shoved Katz out­side her home.

USC sus­pended Bo­er­meester in Fe­bru­ary while the school in­ves­ti­gated what it called a “stu­dent-con­duct is­sue.”

Mark Schamel, an at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Bo­er­meester, said Bo­er­meester was not per­mit­ted to re­turn to USC fol­low­ing the school’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in which USC al­leged that Bo­er­meester as­saulted Katz. Katz has de­nied this, as did Bo­er­meester, through his at­tor­ney.

In the state­ment, Katz said she and Bo­er­meester have dated for more than a year. The Ti­tle IX in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan, Steiger­walt said, af­ter a neigh­bor wit­nessed Bo­er­meester and Katz rough­hous­ing. The neigh­bor told his room­mate, who told a coach in USC’s ath­letic depart­ment that Bo­er­meester was abus­ing Katz. The coach then re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Ti­tle IX of­fice.

Katz said she was sum­moned to a manda­tory meet­ing with Ti­tle IX of­fi­cials, where she told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the two were play­ing around. Katz was sub­se­quently told that she “must be afraid of Matt,” she said. She told of­fi­cials she was not. Bo­er­meester has not been ar­rested or charged with a crime.

“When I told the truth about Matt, in re­peated in­ter­ro­ga­tions, I was stereo­typed and was told I must be a ‘bat­tered’ woman, and that made me feel de­meaned and ab­surdly pro­filed,” Katz said. “I un­der­stand that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a ter­ri­ble prob­lem, but in no way does that ap­ply to Matt and me.”

Katz said that she has “never been abused, as­saulted or oth­er­wise mis­treated by Matt.”

A spokesman for USC, in an emailed state­ment to The Times, said that “the univer­sity has con­cluded its in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Stu­dent dis­ci­plinary records and pro­ceed­ings re­gard­ing any mat­ter of stu­dent con­duct are con­fi­den­tial and pro­tected by law. Per the reg­is­trar, he is no longer en­rolled at the univer­sity.”

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