Nightly News | December 04, 2011
>>> back now with new developments in the child sex abuse scandal at penn state . tonlt, there is fresh fallout from jerry sandusky 's revealing new interview. and also new questions about sandusky 's behavior in the months leading up to his being charged. that story from nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff .
>> well, he was coming to me with a concern.
>> reporter: it is the exchange people here at penn state are still talking about, accused child molester jerry sandusky needs help from his lawyer to explain that he's not sexually attracted to young children. he stumbled on that simple question when asked about it last month by nbc's bob costas . given a second chance by "the new york times" --
>> i was saying, what in the world is this question? if i say no, i'm not attracted to boys, that's not the truth because --
>> reporter: sandusky 's lawyer interrupts and coaches him off camera.
>> boys, girls --
>> you're attracted because --
>> i enjoy, that's what i -- i enjoy spending time with young people , i enjoy spending time with people.
>> reporter: his lawyer says sandusky gave the interview so people could learn more about the positive aspects of sandusky 's life. but many legal analysts say his attempts to explain himself in public while facing 40 counts of child sex abuse seems an unusual strategy, and some of what he revealed could complicate his defense.
>> the rule of thumb for all attorneys is basically do not have them talk on camera to anyone.
>> reporter: sandusky said he stayed in touch with some of his alleged victims, even inviting one of them to dinner after a local paper reported on the grand jury investigation.
>> i had dinner with one of the, you know -- the summer, his father and he were in my home.
>> reporter: but the lawyer for that lelged vict edalleged victim, victi m six, said when he got sandusky 's dinner invitation, his client was so nervous, he went straight to the police.
>> one of the questions it raises in my mind is this an effort on his part to tamper with witnesses, was it or wasn't it.
>> reporter: his lawyer said today that two of his alleged victims were actually at that dinner, but nothing improper took place. it was, he said, totally social in nature and pleasant. the lawyer for victim six says his client only attended the dinner because police encouraged him to. they also asked him to report back, which he did and he's now prepared to testify at a crucial hearing in sandusky 's case next week. lester?
>> mike isikoff, thanks.
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