Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sportscaster seeks dismissal of lawsuit against Walton

Sportscaster seeks dismissal of lawsuit against Walton

Kelli Tennant - a former sports reporter - had sued Walton claiming he forced himself on her in a Santa Monica hotel room while he was an asst. coach with the Golden State Warriors.

The request for dismissal was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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.

The female reporter who accused Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton (left) of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2014 has dropped her lawsuit.

In August, investigators for the Kings and the National Basketball Association determined that, based on available evidence, there was "not a sufficient basis to support" the sexual assault allegations made against Walton.

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In August, the Kings and the National Basketball Association concluded their joint investigation into Tennant's allegations.

The 31-year-old filed new legal documentation that requests a judge to dismiss the lawsuit - going as far to dismiss it with prejudice.

An investigation by the National Basketball Association and the Kings into the sexual assault allegations found there was "not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against Coach Walton". The investigative team was led by Sue Ann Van Dermyden, from the Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux, and Elizabeth Maringer, senior vice president and assistant general counsel of the National Basketball Association. The NBA also looked into the matter but decided not to punish Walton, as there were no clear grounds of evidence past the claim.

There is no sign that the parties reached a settlement in the lawsuit.

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