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Fine accuser claims new evidence

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Bobby Davis, who has accused Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine of sexual molesting him when he was a minor decades ago, recorded a telephone conversation with Fine's wife in 2002 that he says supports his allegations.

An audiotape of the phone call was acquired by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" in 2003. The station aired portions of the tape Sunday, in which Davis seems to have a frank conversation with Laurie Fine about his sexual contact with her husband.

ESPN said an "independent audio analyst" confirmed the voice on the tape belongs to Laurie Fine, who has been married to Bernie Fine for 26 years. NewsCore was not able to confirm that analysis.

"What did he want you to do? You can be honest with me," Laurie Fine asked Davis during the call. She then asked if Fine wanted David to "grab him" or if the two had oral sex.

David said Fine touched him but denied any oral sex, adding "I think he would want to."

"Oh, of course he would," Laurie Fine responded. "Why wouldn't he?"

The telephone conversation was allegedly recorded by Davis on Oct. 8, 2002

"I know everything that went on, you know," Laurie Fine also allegedly said on the call. "I know everything that went on with him ... Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues ... And you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted."

"And, it's hard," Fine said at another point. "If it was another girl like I told you, it would be easy to step in because you know what you're up against. ... [When] it's another guy, you can't compete with that. It's just wrong, and you were a kid. You're a man now, but you were a kid then."

"The issue at hand is that he had no business doing what he did with you," she also said. "You know what, and neither did I, because I really helped screw you up a little more too."

Davis claimed that comment referred to an alleged sexual relationship he also had with Laurie Fine when he was 18 and a senior in high school.

Davis, now 39, told ESPN he had been abused by Fine beginning in 1983 before he entered seventh grade. His stepbrother Mike Lang, 45, also a former ball boy, alleged he had also been abused, "probably 15-20 times."

Fine has denied the allegations.

Tagged: South Carolina Upstate, Bobby Davis

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