“You don’t want to go to work every day with people saying you are a madam,” Patrick said.
“She’s been demonized by social media, but not one piece of evidence has shown what’s happening,” he added.
Patrick said GBI officials last week searched Johnson’s home and personal computer. The attorney said Johnson has not been interviewed by the GBI, but is open to answering their questions.
Patrick said his client knows little about what prompted the investigation. Johnson worked 14 years at the university.
Staff writer Ernie Suggs contributed to this report.