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August 25, 2005

Former nanny sues Bob and Carol Stoops

? Plaintiff seeks over $10,000 in actual, punitive damages

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

A woman who worked as a nanny for University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops and his wife Carol is suing the couple for medical expenses and lost wages in connection with an accident at the Stoops' household almost two years ago.

In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court, Janay Roberts contends that on or about Sept. 1, 2003, she was tripped by one of the Stoops family's dogs and fell down a flight of stairs. The accident occurred while Carol Stoops was hosting a Mary Kay cosmetics party in the home and Roberts was upstairs baby-sitting the couple's three children.

Roberts said she "suffered severe personal injuries by hitting her head, back and shoulders during the fall down the length of the stairs."

Her injuries were so severe that she later "suffered a miscarriage of her unborn child," the lawsuit states.

Roberts alleges Stoops and his wife initially promised to pay her medical expenses and referred her to a physician. The couple reneged on the agreement and fired her after being told she would need surgery, she contends.

Bob Stoops, in a written statement, said he and his wife continue hoping to "achieve an acceptable resolution to the matter" and are committed to paying for Roberts' legitimate medical expenses.

However, while working toward a mutually agreeable resolution, Roberts retained the services of an attorney, Stoops said.

"We sincerely regret that we have been unable to resolve this matter in an amicable manner. Certainly we believe that she should be reasonably compensated for her legitimate medical accident-related injuries that occurred in our home," the statement read.

The lawsuit, filed by Blanchard attorney John Melot, is seeking more than $10,000 in actual damages and more than $10,000 in punitive damages.

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