Former Los Angeles Lakers and current Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton is being sued for an alleged sexual assault of a female sports activities actions reporter.
According to licensed paperwork obtained by the Los Angeles Times and TMZ Sports, Kelli Tennant, a former USC volleyball participant, filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court and alleged that Walton assaulted her on the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.
No date was equipped for the alleged assault, nonetheless the lawsuit said it occurred after the publication of a book written by Tennant, who was a former Spectrum SportsWeb LA host. The book, for which Walton wrote a foreword, was printed in 2014.
The swimsuit alleges that Tennant, who had a working relationship with the coach whereas he was a customer analyst on Spectrum, met with Walton on the resort to drop off a replica of her book when he was in metropolis on a freeway journey all through his time as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Walton allegedly invited Tennant to his room to stay away from most of the people eye. He then allegedly “pinned Ms. Tennant on the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body” and forcibly kissed and groped her.
“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Walton’s authorized skilled, Mark Baute, said in a press launch. “The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
Walton carried out for the Lakers from 2003 to 2012. After he retired as an NBA participant, he entered broadcasting and appeared on Spectrum with Tennant. Walton lastly went into educating and was on the Warriors’ staff from 2014-16 until the Lakers employed him to be their subsequent head coach.
Los Angeles launched a press launch Monday and well-known that the alleged incident occurred sooner than the franchise employed him.
“At no time before or during his employment here was this allegation reported to the Lakers,” the assertion said. “If it had been, we would have immediately commenced an investigation and notified the NBA. Since Luke Walton is now under contract to another team, we will have no further comment.”
Walton led the Lakers for 3 seasons until the perimeters mutually parted strategies April 12. He later turned head coach of the Kings two days later.
“We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information,” the Kings said in a press launch. “We have no further comment at this time.”
Tennant’s lawyer, Garo Mardirossian, declined to disclose whether or not or not Tennant reported the alleged sexual assault to police, in retaining with the Los Angeles Times.
The NBA has opened an investigation into the allegations in opposition to Walton, in retaining with ESPN.