Skip to comments.‘I Thought He Was Going To Rape Me’: Luke Walton Sex Abuse Accuser Talks Lawsuit
Posted on 04/25/2019 12:56:29 AM PDT by L.A.Justice
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) The woman suing former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton for sexual assault gave details to the media on Tuesday.
Joined by her attorney Garo Mardirossian, former LA sports reporter Kelli Tennant described the alleged sexual misconduct that took place back in 2014 at a Santa Monica hotel.
Tennant said that Walton forced himself on her in his hotel room after he allegedly invited her to his room. Tennant said that she wanted Walton to have a copy of her book.
Out of nowhere he got on top of me and pinned me down to the bed and held my arms down with all of his weight while he kissed my neck and my face and my chest, Tennant said.
Tennant said that Walton laughed at her when she kept asking him to get off her.
She said that she continued to ask him to stop while he was holding her down.
I thought that he was going to rape me, said Tennant.
Tennant says she was finally able to get out of the room. She didnt come forward right away because she feared her career would be over.
The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of former Spectrum SportsNet host Tennant, who alleges Walton assaulted her at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica.
Tennant and her attorneys have not filed a police report. CBSLA asked them why.
Our interest is not to have Mr. Walton put in jail necessarily, said Mardirossian. Our interest was for Kelli to feel better about herself.
Waltons attorney, Mark Baute, issued a statement, saying in part: The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.
In a more complete statement released Wednesday, Baute said:
These claims are false and Lukes innocence will be proven in court. Yesterdays press conference was a poorly staged attempt to portray the accuser as a viable spokesperson for an important movement. Her lawyers want to create a public circus to distract from their complete lack of evidence to support their outrageous claims. We will not try this case in the media or pay them a dime.
Luke's lawyer is talking tough now...But, I would not be surprised if he eventually recommends a settlement instead of going to a trial...
So, this occurred while Luke was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, and it was decided to release this *now* after he signed to coach the Sacramento Kings. Never mentioned or leaked during his two years as a coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Hard to believe.
Feeling better about herself=big bucks.
Happens five years ago? Now just coming out? I’d offer $88, and a six-pack of Club Soda. If there is no police report or investigation...it never happen.
[waves female card] note to women from a woman: it’s hard to buy a story when it starts with, he invited me to his hotel room and I went alone. Seriously, if a gal invites a guy up to her apartment, she’s not inviting him there for tea and crumpets. So why can’t women figure it out that it works the same with men? If all she wanted was for him to have a book, leave it at the front desk, mail it, drop it off to his secretary. Don’t go to hotel rooms and if you absolutely positively feel you have to go, for a book, then take your best male friend or your girl posse with you.
she wanted to ‘feel better about herself’ What a joke.
...If she “thought” it...it must be true
I turned down so many women because I thought they were going to feed me breakfast in the morning and I dont really like breakfast.
Guess I missed out on a good time...
"....thought I own a Ferrari... then dimmit, I woke up"
Breakfast is the best part!
She did, which is part of the problem.
This is not that hard.
And many of the same people who will be out there supporting this woman and calling for Waltons head, were making fun of Pence when he said he never ate a meal alone with a woman not his wife. He looks smarter every day.
Because you always go to an oversexed athlete's hotel room to give them a book.
Jury votes BS. Case dismissed.
He invited her to his hotel room. She went. Case closed.
I thought that he was going to rape me,
If you’ve got money never be alone with a woman you don’t know and trust.
No, your interest is for the accused to pay up.
Our interest was for Kelli to feel better about herself.
And nothing makes one feel better about themselves quite like a big pile of cash.
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