High-profile attorney Gloria Allred and a pair of men who made sexual abuse allegations against a former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach were in Albany today to push for a bill that could give them a chance to file a criminal complaint.
The two men — stepbrothers Bobby Davis and Mike Lang — claim they were molested by Bernie Fine, the former Syracuse assistant, when they were children in the 1980s and 1990s. Davis and Allred called on legislators to pass a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, D-Queens, that would extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to age 28.
The bill would also open a one-year window where the statute would be lifted on previous child sex abuse crimes — a major sticking point for the New York Catholic Conference, which opposes the bill.
“Bobby, Mike and I feel that it is long overdue for those who have committed acts of child sexual abuse to be held accountable,” Allred said. “Opening up a one-year window would allow Bobby and Mike to file a lawsuit and seek justice.”
Here’s video of Davis and Allred addressing the media: