ESPN responded to sexual harassment allegations.
Earlier Thursday the Boston Globe released a story covering ESPN’s mistreatment of its female employees.
The piece includes sexual assault allegations from a former ESPN personality, Adrienne Lawrence, who accused John Buccigross of sending her shirtless pictures.
From the Boston Globe report:
Lawrence accused John Buccigross, a longtime SportsCenter anchor who she viewed as a mentor, of sending unsolicited shirtless photographs of himself and calling her “dollface,” “#dreamgirl,” and “#longlegs” in messages from 2016 reviewed by the Globe. Lawrence said she tried to remain cordial in the e-mails but at one point responded: “You need to wear clothes, sir.”
When rumors spread that the two were in a relationship, Lawrence repeatedly complained to company officials and was advised by a supervisor to drop the matter, according to the complaint.
It didn’t take long for ESPN to work up a response. ESPN spokesperson Katina Arnold released a full statement from the company specifically addressing Lawrence’s claims.
“We conducted a thorough investigation and found these claims to be entirely without merit. Lawrence was hired into a two-year talent development program and was told that her contract would not be renewed at the conclusion of the training program. At that same time, ESPN also told 100 other talent with substantially more experience, that their contracts would not be renewed. The company will vigorously defend its position and we are confident we will prevail in court.”
Arnold revealed Lawrence was among the latest round of layoffs at ESPN, which saw nearly 100 “behind-the-scenes” talent laid off.
You can read the Globe’s full story here.