Unnamed NFL Player Suing United Airlines over Alleged Sexual Harassment, Assault

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2020

A United Airlines plane prepares to take off at the Benito Juarez International airport in Mexico City, on March 20, 2020. - International flights keep operating in Mexico, unlike most other countries which have closed airports due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)
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An unnamed NFL player filed a lawsuit against United Airlines on Wednesday alleging the company failed to properly respond to his reporting of sexual assault and harassment during a Feb. 10 flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

Bleacher Report's Master Tesfatsion reported the player, who's listed in the complaint as John Doe 1, filed the suit in coordination with another male passenger (John Doe 2). They allege four complaints were made against a female passenger sitting in the same row for "unwanted sexual advances" before flight attendants moved her.

Master @MasterTes

The unidentified NFL player and “John Doe 2” are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. A statement I received from attorneys Darren Darwish and Benji Azizian: https://t.co/5LxX2BblLr

The player also said the woman was intoxicated and taking prescription pills, per Tesfatsion. He said the woman wasn't moved until she ripped off his face mask, which was being worn to guard against COVID-19, and grabbed his penis.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of California of the County of Los Angeles, requested a jury trial in the case.

Erin Benson, a United spokesperson, released a statement after a passenger on one of its flights was indicted in May 2019 for an alleged sexual assault on a 2018 flight.

"The safety and well-being of our customers is our top priority," Benson told USA Today. "... Sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, intimidation or predation have absolutely no place anywhere in our society—including in our industry and on our aircraft."

United has not commented on the NFL player's allegations.


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