As predicted here yesterday, Jerry Sandusky (who is serving 30-60 years in prison for 45 counts of child sexual abuse) continues to deny sexually molesting those young boys and maintains his innocence.
It turns out the "interview" NBC's "The Today Show" acquired was actually taken from 3+ hours of filmed interviews by John Ziegler, a film-maker intent on clearing Joe Paterno's name and reputation. Based on the info in this CBS News article, Ziegler likely is not the most reputable guy around:
Ziegler said the interviews were conducted during three sessions, and told the AP on Monday that additional excerpts will be posted online over the coming days. The transcripts were posted by Ziegler on his site, www.framingpaterno.com.In addition, Yahoo News reports that Ziegler is looking to acquire financing for a full-length documentary to clear Joe Paterno’s name. He was no doubt paid quite nicely for these "first time" clips of Sandusky. NBC should be ashamed for promoting this sensationalist shit, and for giving that slime-ball a public forum on which to deny the crimes for which he was convicted, the deny the trauma he put those boys through.
He describes himself as an author, broadcaster, commentator and maker of films, including the 2009 movie "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted."
Along with the Sandusky interview material, Ziegler posted a piece about himself that anticipates critical media coverage of his background. As an example, he noted he has been "fired in radio lots of times for saying things which seem outrageous."
Penn State, which funded an investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh that concluded Paterno and other top university officials covered up allegations against Sandusky in order to protect the school's reputation, issued a statement that said Sandusky's latest remarks "continue to open wounds for his victims, and the victims of child sexual abuse everywhere."
Attorneys for the boy whose assault was witnessed by Mike McQueary said their client -- identified as Victim 2 in court documents -- "have heard enough from Jerry Sandusky."
The lawyers -- Joel Feller, Matt Casey, Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin -- issued a statement Monday saying Victim 2 and their other clients are focusing on "healing and holding Penn State accountable for choosing to protect Jerry Sandusky and themselves instead of protecting children from years of horrific sexual abuse."
Apparently, attorneys for "Victim 2" have posted a couple of the voice mails Sandusky left for their client in the days leading up to his arrest, purportedly trying to exert some influence on him.
What follows below is part of statement the lawyers left on their website about the case against Sandusky and that they are also representing other victims.
Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky's childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him.
We have conducted an extensive investigation and gathered overwhelming evidence regarding the details of the abuse he suffered. This evidence includes numerous voicemails left by Sandusky in the fall of 2011 as the likelihood of his indictment became apparent. Today, we are releasing two of those voicemails. As these messages indicate, Sandusky was attempting to exert control over our client even as his arrest for child sexual abuse became imminent. They can be heard by visiting the Ross Feller Casey, LLP website at www.rossfellercasey.com. Due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing criminal and civil cases, we will not make additional comments at this time.