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Ex-assistant to fired Arizona coach wants $7.5 million

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A claim filed by the former assistant to fired Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez says he required her to cover up for his extramarital affair with another woman.

She also alleged he sexually harassed her.

The claim filed by an attorney for the former assistant and her husband was released Wednesday by the Arizona attorney general's office.

Lawyer Augustine Jimenez III is seeking a $7.5 million settlement, saying in the claim that jurors who considered a lawsuit against a coach who misused his power could award tens of millions of dollars "in this current climate where #MeToo is in the headlines."

Arizona fired Rodriguez on Tuesday. The university said it could not substantiate the woman's claims but found other troubling issues.

Rodriguez denied her allegations but acknowledged he had an affair.

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