United Airlines Sued By An NFL Player Over Alleged Sexual Assault
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 22, 2020,
May 22, 2020, 0:28
The lawsuit accuses United Airlines of failing to properly respond during the flight and failing to cooperate with authorities.
Lawyers for the player and the second man filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
A flight attendant moved the woman to another row - and possibly moved her again later for being disruptive again to someone else, the lawsuit reads.
According to Tesfatsion, the woman told the player he looked "frightening" while wearing the mask, which was worn to protect against the novel coronavirus.
Over the course of the flight the assault "intensified", the suit claims, with the woman "grabbing and groping his quads and then stroking her hand across his lap towards the inside of his leg near his genitals".
One attendant who was passing witnessed some of the misconduct and warned the woman to stop, but the harassment escalated.
"The flight attendants did not move her until the 4th complaint, when the woman grabbed his penis & ripped off his protective face mask", Tesfatsion wrote in one tweet.
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The men are suing United for failing to provide the name of the passenger crew and potential witnesses
"The safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority", said the spokeswoman who declined to comment further because of the lawsuit.
"While JOHN DOE 1 went to go notify [the flight attendant], [the woman] moved over to the middle seat (JOHN DOE 1's seat) and sexually assaulted JOHN DOE 2 by grabbing his leg and groin area".
The suit notes that in-flight sexual assaults have been a growing problem aboard commercial flights and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued strict warnings to airlines about the dramatic increase in incidents.
The NFL player and "John Doe 2" are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
She was eventually removed to another row - after allegedly admitting she was drinking and had popped pills. At that point, the player jumped up from his seat and complained in front of the entire plane that the woman was touching him. The men believe the woman was drunk and under the influence of drugs.
The allegations that the two men make against the United Airlines employee are shocking.
"This is significant because assault is assault, regardless of the gender, race of physical attributes of the victim", the statement said.
The men are suing the woman and two flight attendants, in addition to the airline.
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