Former attorney calls himself 'branded'

Karen Sypher
Karen Sypher
Rick Pitino
Rick Pitino
Tim Sypher (on right)
Tim Sypher (on right)
Dana Kolter
Dana Kolter

Louisville, KY - By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Karen Sypher sat quietly in court on the sixth day of her federal trial on charges of extortion, retaliating against a witness, and lying to the FBI. During testimony Monday morning, her former attorney told the court he has been branded with an "A" for adulterer, referring to the book, "The Scarlett Letter." Under oath, Dana Kolter said he and Sypher had a sexual relationship, even though she told the FBI they didn't.

During testimony on July 30, Kolter said he had been sexually involved with Sypher starting in 2007, even though both were married to other people at the time. The prosecution introduced a shocking and graphic picture taken on Valentine's Day 2008 in Kolter's office of Sypher performing a sexual act on him.

When the defense got its turn, attorney Jim Earhart asked about Kolter about Sypher's mood the day she told him that Rick Pitino raped her and forced her to have an abortion.

"She was dazed and confused." and appeared to be the "victim of post traumatic stress."

Kolter said it was a horrible story and said that "somebody had to take a stand."

Kolter, who also represented Sypher in her divorce case, said both cases were intertwined and said, "It was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen." Kolter also said that Karen Sypher kept her "friends close, but enemies closer," and testified that Tim Sypher had control over her.

"I could she a psychological break from this cage they put her in," said Kolter. "Her eggs were scrambled."

Kolter said it is something the law calls "Undo Influence," an exception he was planning to use in a civil suit. Kolter said he was just trying to figure out what happened and tried to get depositions done quickly because Sypher was being threatened.

"In a normal case you're supposed to, when there weren't gods involved," said Kolter.

The god he was referring in this instance to was Pitino.

When Earhart said, "This is a very serious case," Kolter responded, "And dangerous."

Earhart also questioned Kolter about the letter he wrote to Pitino demanding immediate mediation or settlement.

Earhart: "It was written by you, not Karen Sypher." 

Kolter: "She was sitting right next to me." 

Earhart: "But you wrote it." 

Kolter: "Yes, I typed it."

Kolter fished his testimony around 11 a.m.

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