Unnamed NFL player sues United Airlines over claims of sexual assault, harassment

Unnamed NFL player sues United Airlines over claims of sexual assault, harassment

Unnamed NFL player sues United Airlines over claims of sexual assault, harassment

The first two complaints were allegedly ignored and the third produced a verbal warning to the passenger.

The plaintiff, an "African American male adult and professional athlete in the National Football League" from Essex, New Jersey, said he was on a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport on February 10 when a "middle-aged Caucasian female" who he believed to be intoxicated repeatedly touched him inappropriately on his genitals, thigh, chest and face, according to the civil suit.

The lawyers representing the two men have issued a statement explaining that the incident happened on a "red-eye" flight. They say she appeared "disheveled and unbalanced" and immediately began hitting John Doe 1's arm and hassling him over a face mask he wore. Later, she groped him, according to the document. She told him he was "frightening" and "ordered him to move to the front and use the air in the front of the plane because he was sick". "In this instance, the customer involved was moved to a different seat", airline spokeswoman Leigh Schramm said in a statement. The men were not named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that United's failure to have or enforce adequate policies and procedures for the prevention of and response to in-flight sexual assaults is a breach of its duty to protect and care for its passengers.

The player is suing United for sexual assault and battery, as well as battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligence and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention, according to USA Today.

The player is alleging that the airline did minimal to "properly respond" during the flight.

The allegations that the two men make against the United Airlines employee are shocking.

"The safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority". The report stated that sexual assault on board aircraft, which in the U.S. is a federal crime, had risen significantly. The men believe the woman was drunk and under the influence of drugs.

The suit notes that in-flight sexual assaults have been a growing problem aboard commercial flights and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued strict warnings to airlines about the dramatic increase in incidents.

The woman was eventually removed to another row in the plane, after she allegedly admitted that she had been drinking alcohol and had taken pills.

American Airlines was also the target of a lawsuit previous year. The woman then started groping his thighs as he quietly asked her to stop. The men were later informed she was "moved a second time for being disruptive yet again - and finally moved to a row with no other passengers".

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