REFILE-Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon accused of sexual harassment

REFILE-Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Warren Moon accused of sexual harassment
By Reuters

07/12/2017 at 18:13Updated 07/12/2017 at 18:58

(Corrects dateline) By Frank Pingue Dec 7 (Reuters) - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman who worked for the former National Football League player's sports marketing firm.

(Corrects dateline)
By Frank Pingue
Dec 7 (Reuters) - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback
Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman who
worked for the former National Football League player's sports
marketing firm.
According to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Orange
County, California on Monday, Moon required Wendy Haskell to
share his bed during business trips, wear lingerie and made
unwanted sexual advances while she worked as his executive
assistant at Sports 1 Marketing.
Reuters was not independently able to verify the
allegations.
Neither Moon's attorney nor a representative from his
company immediately responded to Reuters when asked to comment
on the allegations against the 61-year-old former quarterback.
According to the lawsuit, Haskell was hired by Sports 1
Marketing in early July to be Moon's executive assistant, and
her responsibilities included traveling with him for speaking
engagements, charity events and personal appearances.
The lawsuit claims that Haskell traveled with Moon on an
almost weekly basis during her employment and that he made her
stay in his hotel room and share his bed.
Haskell alleges she was required to keep the bathroom door
unlocked when she showered and that Moon repeatedly entered the
room. She also claims that Moon grabbed her crotch while she was
sleeping and slipped a drug into her drink during a trip to
Mexico in October because he thought she was not "having fun."
The lawsuit also claims Haskell reported Moon's behavior to
the company's chief executive, David Meltzer, in October but
they did not investigate her claims. Haskell also says she was
demoted after making the complaints. She is still employed by
the company.
Moon, who played professionally in Canada before going on to
star in the NFL, is the co-founder and president of the Irvine,
California-based company, which was also named as a defendant in
the lawsuit.
"Wendy Haskell made the decision to right a giant wrong,"
her attorney, Diana Fitzgerald, told Reuters late Wednesday in a
telephone interview from Miami. "She now joins a growing group
of valiant women who have decided essentially enough is enough.
"Right now we are experiencing a very powerful movement in
our country as we are witnessing a first generation of women who
are not going to take it anymore."
The NFL's Seattle Seahawks, where the former quarterback
played for two years, said in an email statement late Wednesday
it had accepted Moon's request for a leave of absence as the
club's radio analyst.
After winning five consecutive championships in the Canadian
Football League, Moon moved on to the NFL for a 17-year career
that included stints with the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings,
Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite spending his first six professional seasons in the
CFL, Moon was third all-time in NFL passing yardage and fourth
in touchdown passes at the time of his retirement in 2001. Five
years later he became the first black quarterback to gain
induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Jacqueline
Wong and Alden Bentley)

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