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March 13, 2019
Former Baylor University President Ken Starr says he raised money for a former star Baylor football player who was recently acquitted of sex assault. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Starr declined to say how much money was raised during a fundraiser at his home for the legal defense fund for Shawn Oakman. Starr was fired as Baylor’s president in 2016, after an investigation determined there was a “fundamental failure” in the way the school responded to sex assault allegations.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Former Baylor University President Ken Starr says he raised money on behalf of a former Baylor football player who was recently acquitted of sexual assault.

Starr told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he hosted a fundraiser at his home for the legal defense fund of Shawn Oakman, a former star defensive end for the Bears who was acquitted of rape last month. Starr says he couldn’t remember when the gathering was held.

Starr was fired as Baylor’s president in 2016, after an outside investigation determined there was a “fundamental failure” in the way the school responded to sexual assault allegations.

Starr says he decided to raise the money after one of Oakman’s first attorneys told him that Oakman’s family didn’t have the money to retain experts who could testify in his defense.

He declined to say how much was raised.

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Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com