NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment and battery in a lawsuit filed by a former female assistant for his sports marketing firm.
In the lawsuit filed Monday in Orange County, Calif., the woman, Wendy Haskell, alleges Moon required her to sleep in the same bed as him on business trips and to wear “skimpy thong lingerie bottoms,” according to the Seattle Times.
The lawsuit also accuses Moon of grabbing Haskell’s crotch while on a trip in Seattle this year, as well as drugging her and pulling off her bathing suit on a separate occasion in Mexico in October.
Haskell, who was hired in July as Moon’s executive assistant for his company, Sports 1 Marketing, says she was demoted from that position three months later after voicing complaints about Moon’s sexual misconduct. A publicist for the company, which Moon co-founded in 2010, did not return requests for comment to the Seattle Times.
Later Wednesday, Moon was granted an indefinite leave of absence from his role as color commentator on the Seahawks radio network.
“We have accepted Warren Moon’s request for a leave of absence as the club’s radio analyst,” the team said in a statement. “Brock Huard and Dave Wyman will assume the role of radio analyst indefinitely.”
Moon, 61, was involved in a handful of controversies during his NFL playing days with the Houston Oilers (now the Titans), where he starred as quarterback from 1984-93, and with the Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs before retiring in 2000.
First, a Vikings cheerleader accused Moon of sexual harassment while he played for the team in 1995. Her suit, which alleged Moon offered a financial reward for sex, was settled out of court soon after.
Just two months later, Moon’s then-wife, Felicia, called the police on him after she said he slapped and choked her in their Houston home. After Moon was arrested, he called his reaction to their argument a “tremendous mistake.” Though his wife never ended up pressing charges, he was charged with assault but acquitted by the jury after Felicia claimed she started the fight. The couple has been divorced since 2001.
While Haskell, 32, declined to comment on the pending lawsuit, her attorney, Diana Fitzgerald, said Haskell never went to the police with her accusations against Moon because she “was scared” and seeking to “further her career in the sports marketing industry.”
When Haskell first complained to Moon about his business trip demands, he said her job depended on her compliance and that his assistant before her had “accepted the same arrangement,” according to the lawsuit.
Moon, a nine-time NFL Pro Bowler, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
SOURCE: New York Post – Hannah Withiam