On Tuesday afternoon, the woman accusing Luke Walton of a 2014 sexual assault revealed details of the alleged incident and addressed why she waited so long to come forward with her story.
Kelli Tennant, a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, spoke with reporters on Tuesday.
She alleges Walton, who was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors at the time, sexually assaulted her in a Santa Monica, California, hotel room.
She revealed disturbing details of the alleged event, via ESPN:
“Out of nowhere, he got on top of me and pinned me down to the bed and held my arms down. With all his weight. He kissed my neck, and my face and my chest. And as I kept asking him to please stop and to get off, he laughed at me.
I thought he was going to rape me.”
Tennant revealed she didn’t come forward with the story because she was only 25 at the time and scared.
Walton’s attorney, Mark Baute released a statement denying the allegations.
“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
Walton became the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings after being let go by the Lakers this offseason. The Kings released a statement saying they are aware of the alleged incident.