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Luke Walton is being sued by a sports reporter who claims the NBA coach sexually assaulted her, according to one Monday court document filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
TMZ's first complaint alleges that Walton kissed the reporter and kissed him violently. Kelli Tennant, in a hotel room in Santa Monica on an undetermined date.
The Sacramento Kings coach, a former Los Angeles striker Lakers, who won two championships with the team, previously served as assistant coach to the Golden State Warriors and head coach at The Lakers will start in 2016. Although not in the lawsuit Given the date of the alleged robbery, this indicates that Walton was assistant to the Golden State Warrior, a position he had taken in the 2014-2015 season.
H On April 14, the new coach was named by Kings. Walton could not be reached by the Kings on Monday night, but the team said they knew the allegations.
"We know the report and gather additional information, so we have no further comment at this point," the team said in a Monday evening statement.
The Lakers said that the alleged incident occurred before Walton as the team's coach.
"Allegation reported to the Lakers," a statement by the team said, "If that had been the case, we would have immediately instituted an investigation and notified the NBA."
The lawsuit alleges that Walton Tennant – a former host of SportsNet LA – pinned down – on the bed of his hotel room, after she had filed a book she had written for students. Walton, whom Tennant had known for years and described as a "trusted mentor and colleague," had written the book's presentation, The Complaint. alleging sexual assault and battery
Walton allegedly seized Tennant, forced him to kiss and hold her down.
"Terrified, Ms. Tennant immediately called" Stop it "and tried to break free," reads the document.
The State of Law When Tennant walked to the door, Walton grabbed her from behind and pressed her arms against her body she kissed repeatedly.
When Walton stopped, he smiled and said, "Good to see you," the document said.
Tennant told "certain people" about the alleged attack, claims the lawsuit, but did not publicly report it because it was a sports channel role that told the Lakers.
The document claims that Walton continued to "mock". and touch Tennant uncomfortably after the alleged incident in the hotel room.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday but there is no indication that it has been served. It does not specify any claims for damages.
"Through this lawsuit, Ms. Tennant stands up and says the abuse culture of women in the NBA is being proven by Walton," the lawsuit says.
Tennant's lawyers did not do this Answer a request for a Monday.