Aide: Pitino never mentioned seeking abortion

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - A longtime aide to Rick Pitino told jurors the Louisville men's basketball coach asked him to take a woman out of town for medical services after she said the coach got her pregnant in a one-night tryst at a restaurant.

The aide, Tim Sypher, testified Friday that Pitino did not mention taking Karen Cunagin Sypher to get an abortion. Tim Sypher, 49, said he called clinics in Indiana and Ohio before taking Karen Sypher to Cincinnati, where she terminated the pregnancy on Aug. 29, 2003.

Tim Sypher testified that he paid for the procedure from $3,000 Pitino gave for medical insurance.

Karen Cunagin Sypher is accused of trying to extort millions from Pitino. She has pleaded not guilty.

Tim and Karen Sypher, now divorced, would marry less than a year later.

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