LSU did not violate former Golden Band from Tigerland director Roy King's civil rights or due process constitutional rights nor did it defame him, the school claims in asking a federal judge to throw out his lawsuit.

King was fired in April and sued LSU in May. The suit was moved from state court to federal court last month.

King, who worked in the band's administration for 18 years and directed the athletic marching band for five years, alleges he was fired in violation of his First Amendment and due process rights.

He also contends the university defamed, libeled and slandered him.

LSU filed its answer to the suit earlier this month in Baton Rouge federal court, arguing King cannot prove alleged violations of his civil or due process constitutional rights.

As for King's defamation claim, university attorneys Vicki Crochet, Harry "Skip" Philips Jr. and Robert Barton say any employment-related statements about King were truthful, accurate and made in good faith.

King sued the LSU Board of Supervisors; LSU Chancellor and President F. King Alexander; School of Music Dean Todd Queen; director of bands Damon Talley; and LSU human resources director A.G. Monaco.

LSU's court-filed answer says all actions taken by Alexander, Queen, Talley and Monaco were "reasonable, justified, legally permissible, in good faith and taken without malice" and did not violate any clearly established statutory or constitutional rights.

King's lead attorney, Jill Craft, said Thursday that LSU's response is as expected.

"I have yet to have any defendant walk into Court and admit they are wrong," she said in an email. "This lawsuit is and will be about vindicating Roy King, who has done nothing but promote and protect the Golden Band from Tigerland. We are looking forward to our day in Court."

King's termination letter accused him of, among other things, circumventing management directives by awarding scholarships to members of the Golden Girls dance team and flag girls of the color guard without proper approval, something King and his attorneys have denied.

LSU has said an internal audit and a separate probe by the university's human resource management office led to the decision to fire King.

King alleges in his suit he was fired for refusing to quietly go along with redirecting a $50,000 contribution, which was meant to support the band, to pay for programs in the School of Music.

LSU has denied Craft's contention that King's firing was a "money grab" by the School of Music.  

  

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