CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina University confirms that the investigative report detailing allegations against the school's cheerleading team was finalized on April 6, the same day it was released to the public.
WMBF News asked why this report was released, but not other documents requested, a week after WMBF News was the first to report on the allegations. A school spokeswoman replied by email, saying the investigation is ongoing.
The report alleges team members operated an escort service, among other allegations of misconduct. It contains text messages allegedly sent between team members, including one that states: "escort service is real."
Since that report was made public, a lawyer representing several team members responded, calling it an incomplete report "that paints the women of the Cheerleading Team as prostitutes with the broadest of strokes."
The CEO and founder of SeekingArrangement.com, the dating website allegedly used by the cheerleaders, also responded to the allegations, defending the site and confirming that the company has offered to foot the legal bill for the cheerleaders.
WMBF News also reached out to organizers of the national competition that the CCU cheerleading team missed last week because of the suspension, and were told, "It is not our policy to comment on individual cheer or dance teams."