'Cheer' Star Coach Monica Aldama Denies Trying To Bury Sexual Assault Claims
'Cheer' Coach Monica Aldama Denies Trying To Hide Sexual Assault ... College Preparing To Fight In Court
4/28/2023 9:12 AM PT
Coach Monica Aldama, known from the hit Netflix series "Cheer," is pushing back on the claims and lawsuit against her ... saying in no way did she try to silence one of her cheerleader's claims of sexual assault.
Aldama tells TMZ ... she's "heartbroken by the false allegations" made against her by former Navarro College and cheer squad member Madi Lane -- adding the safety of her students is a top priority.
Aldama says she worked "year after year" to keep Navarro Cheer a safe space, adding she'd never remain silent about sexual assault claims "if I were aware that any sexual misconduct occurred in the Cheer program."
Navarro College, which is also getting sued by Lane, echoed Aldama's denial -- with a rep telling us it's prepared to "vigorously defend itself in court."
As we reported, Lane claims she was sexually assaulted by a fellow teammate in 2021 during her freshman year ... saying she brought it to Aldama's attention, but was allegedly told, "If you keep quiet, I’ll make sure you can cheer anywhere you want."
Lane alleges she spoke about the ordeal to an older cheer squad member, who she says told her "You just need to drink it off and get your mind off it" and "We don't tell anyone. We just keep it to ourselves."