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: