Ex-Intern Claims Harassment by Cal Players, Coaches

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A former University of California student who worked with the football program last season as a sports medicine intern claims she was subjected to sexual harassment by players and coaches.

Paige Cornelius, who has medically withdrawn school to seek "intensive therapy and psychiatry" to deal with "the post-traumatic stress syndrome and anxiety" resulting from her experience, made the allegations Wednesday via Facebook. She then turned to Instagram to encourage others who may have had similar experiences with Cal athletics to contact her, saying that her "legal team wants to have the best case possible." She went public with her story, according to ESPN, after efforts to reach Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton and other staff members were ignored. Cal athletics and Knowlton have since released separate statements.

Among her claims, Cornelius says that an assistant football coach once told her, "I will get you fired if you do not have sex with me." This came a day after the coach had convinced Cornelius via text message to attend a midnight meeting at Memorial Stadium, where he forced her against a wall of his office and kissed her. Under the influence to the point she could not have consented to sex, according to her own account, Cornelius managed to leave. That coach is no longer with the Cal program.

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