Case dismissed against basketball coach

Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:33 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

The case brought against MU assistant basketball coach Tony Harvey has been dismissed from Boone County Circuit Court.

Ken Hensel, a house painter, sued Harvey for close to $5,000 and accused him of failing to pay Hensel for the paint job he did on Harvey’s house.



Harvey and Hensel said the lawsuit was resolved, but both refused to comment further on the case.

Hensel’s attorney, Rodney Stevens, filed a motion to dismiss the case Jan. 30. Judge Christopher Kelly dismissed the case without prejudice Feb. 2.

In the lawsuit, Hensel claimed Harvey broke their oral contract. Hensel painted the interior of Harvey’s home and the pool house; in exchange, Harvey was to provide Hensel with tickets to MU football games and MU men’s basketball games, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Hensel painted a bedroom, a bathroom, wicker furniture, a pool house veranda, a metal gate and fencing around the pool. The work was valued at $5,475.

Hensel claimed in the lawsuit that he received 13 tickets valued at $525 but stopped receiving tickets after November 2003. Harvey still owed Hensel $4,950 according to the lawsuit, and Hensel received tickets from Harvey for the MU football games against Nebraska and Illinois and two men’s basketball exhibition games.

In January, MU athletic department officials said an internal review found no proof that Harvey broke university rules by giving tickets to Hensel.

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