A new lawsuit accuses new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexually assaulting a woman before being named coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in April 2016.
The lawsuit, of which ESPN obtained a copy, points out that Kelli Tennant, former conduct of the Spectrum SportsNet LA channel, the Lakers' regional television network, was subjected to an improper sexual advance by Walton in a hotel room in Santa Monica.
The lawsuit, according to documents obtained by ESPN, indicates that Tennant, who had a working relationship with Walton for the position that the now coach had as an analyst in Spectrum, met him in the hotel room to thank him for the epilogue of the book she had published.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Walton allegedly threw Tennant to the bed and forced kisses and touching.
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The Kings issued a statement Monday night about the alleged incident.
"We are aware of the report and we are gathering additional information. We have no further comments on this at this time, "he read the document.
The NBA also opened an investigation on its own, sources told ESPN.
Walton "separated by mutual agreement" from the Lakers in early April, according to the team, and was hired by the Kings the next day.
Team sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the alleged incident occurred long before Walton joined the Lakers.
"No one reported it to the team and that was not the reason why the team ended the employment relationship," said one source.
The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ.