Former Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo is suing the woman who alleged Palo had assaulted her. Palo was charged with two counts of sexual abuse following the accusations of a woman in 2012 who had been a classmate of Palo’s at Ames High School. He pleaded not guilty and the charges against him were later dropped.
Palo was suspended from the Iowa State basketball team when the charges were filed and then reinstated once they were dismissed. But the university suspended him a second time, citing student conduct rules, and Palo had to go to court to be reinstated to the team.
The lawsuit says the woman and her mother intentionally used the legal system to harass Palo. It says his reputation was damaged and it cost him a substantial amount to investigate and defend himself from the charges. The suit does not seek a specific amount, but asks for a “just, reasonable and adequate compensation.”