Dottie Sandusky: Victims were 'manipulated'

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

The wife of Jerry Sandusky appeared on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday and maintained that she believes her husband is innocent.

Dottie Sandusky told Matt Lauer that the victims were manipulated by lawyers interested in financial gain, and that her husband -- who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012 -- has been telling the truth from the beginning.

"Do I believe him? I definitely believe him," she said. "Because if I didn't believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth."

As for claims that she was a weak spouse, who was herself manipulated by her husband, Sandusky said that those allegations were baseless. Furthermore, she insists the boys who had claimed they screamed were not telling the truth, since she would have heard it and done something about it.

"There was nothing that went on," she said. "Because I was here. I will take you downstairs and let you see the basement. It is not a dungeon. It is not what those kids said. You can scream, and you can hear it up to the second floor."

Sandusky was joined by filmmaker John Ziegler, who was adamant in his assertion that Sandusky is innocent. Ziegler has spent the past two years researching the case and claims that the accusations simply don't add up, including an assertion that the boy allegedly involved in the incident viewed by Mike Mcqueary has maintained to this day the event never occurred.

Ziegler also points to the issues surrounding Victim 6, who testified that he told his mother about he and Sandusky showering together, and she apparently told the coach that he'd never see her son again. Sandusky was said to have apologized and said to her that he wished he were dead.

"In the 1998 [case], you said the mother said, 'You'll never see my son again,' " Ziegler said to Lauer. "Well, guess what happened? For 13 years, Jerry Sandusky had a close relationship with her son, and she was well aware of it and acknowledged its existence. Thirteen years later, the boy you're referencing sends Jerry Sandusky text messages: 'Happy Father's Day. I love you. Thank you for being in my life.' Not one allegation in 13 years after that."

Lauer goes on to point out that the Sanduskys and Ziegler's stance is that everyone on the other side of the case has either been manipulated, or is lying.

The full interview, which runs for nearly an hour, is available at the Today Show's website.

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