Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers the past few seasons, is being sued for sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident back in April of 2016. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that a sports reporter named Kelli Tennant recently filed the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that Tennant received an “unwanted” physical advance from Walton in a Santa Monica hotel room. The two reportedly met up at the hotel so she could drop him a copy of her new book.
Here’s more, via ESPN:
According to the legal documents obtained by ESPN, Walton allegedly invited Tennant to his room so they wouldn’t be seen together by any Warriors players. He then allegedly pinned Tennant to the hotel bed and forcibly kissed and groped her.
The suit also alleges that in May 2017, Walton “forced an aggressive hug” and made a lewd remark about Tennant’s outfit at a charity event the two attended.
Walton coached the Lakers from 2016-2019 before the two sides mutually parted ways last week. Walton was hired immediately by the Kings in the aftermath.
Walton was married to his college girlfriend Bre Ladd in 2013. The couple has two children.
The Kings have released a statement on the matter:
“We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information,” the statement said. “We have no further comment at this time.”