Kings Coach Luke Walton Accused of Sex Assault in Lawsuit


first_imgLOS ANGELES — New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter.Kelli Tennant filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, contending Walton assaulted her in a hotel room in Santa Monica while he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. TMZ first reported the lawsuit.Walton’s attorney, Mark Baute, called the allegations “baseless.”“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible,” Baute said in a statement. “We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”According to the suit, Tennant had considered Walton to be a friend and mentor, and she was friendly with his wife. Walton also wrote the foreword to her book. She says she went to give him a copy while he stayed at the Casa Del Mar Hotel during a Warriors road trip to Los Angeles.Tennant said Walton met her in the lobby and invited her back to his room. After discussing the book, Tennant said Walton suddenly pinned her to the bed and forcibly kissed and groped her. She said Walton used his full body weight to keep her on the bed and laughed when she yelled “stop!”Tennant said Walton relented and she started to leave the room when he grabbed her again and kissed her ears and neck. She said he finally stopped, laughed and said “good to see you” before she left the room.Tennant said she confided with people at the time but never filed charges. She said Walton continued to harass her after he became coach of the Lakers and she was working as a broadcaster in Los Angeles for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA. She now does a wellness podcast.The Warriors and Lakers said they both first heard of the allegations after TMZ reported the lawsuit Monday night and had no further comment. Walton was an assistant with Golden State from 2014-16 before being hired as Lakers head coach.Walton was dismissed by the Lakers this month and hired by the Kings. The Kings say they are aware of the report and gathering information. The team had no other comment.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Susan Sarandon Ben Stiller to replace Paul Haggis at Artists for Peace


first_imgSusan Sarandon and Ben Stiller will replace award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis as Artists for Peace and Justice’s new board co-chairs, the organization announced Wednesday.“The work of Artists for Peace and Justice, so essential to the present and futures of thousands of children in Haiti, has been a part of our lives for years,” Sarandon and Stiller said in the statement.“As supporters of APJ’s mission to foster economic growth and empower local communities, we are honoured to be joint co-chair’s of the board of directors for APJ to help steward the mission of the organization into the future.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Haggis, a native of London, Ont., founded the Haiti-focused Artists for Peace and Justice but has recently faced sexual misconduct allegations.The organization said it accepted Haggis’s resignation last week. Twitterlast_img read more

Serena Williams Reveals When She Plans On Retiring


Besides getting treatment for her back injury, Williams said she also received therapy since giving birth, and it was after she lost the 2018 U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka. The mother of one said she sent an apology letter to Osaka, and it took her some time to return to tennis. Serena Williams talked about when she plans to retire during a recent panel discussion. (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) For example, she had to drop out of the Rogers Cup and the Cincinnati Masters due to a back injury, and despite making it to four Grand Slam finals since giving birth, she hasn’t won a title yet. Osaka then responded to Williams and wrote: “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” she wrote. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.” “[I plan to] transfer out, you know, in 20 years,” said Williams about retirement, according to Yahoo. Her words were met with cheers. Serena Williams has faced some on-the-court challenges since she delivered her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1, 2017. Williams was hit with violations on that day, after she argued with the umpire’s call and broke her racket. And during the trophy ceremony, the crowd booed Osaka since they seemed to be on Williams’ side. It’s something she revealed Wednesday during a panel discussion for Advertising Week New York, and reportedly Williams wants to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie a record established by Australian tennis player Margaret Court. “Days passed, and I still couldn’t find peace,” wrote Williams in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar. “I started seeing a therapist. I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress, I still wasn’t ready to pick up a racket.” But that hasn’t seemed to discourage Williams, and at 38 she said retirement isn’t in her immediate plans. read more