Famed quarterback Warren Moon hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

Former NFL star Warren Moon was sued for sexual harassment and sexual battery by an assistant in California who says the hall of fame quarterback made inappropriate work demands, including forcing her to share his bed on business trips.

The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court and first reported on by The Washington Post, says that Moon, 61, grabbed Wendy Haskell’s crotch while she was sleeping during a trip to Seattle.

Haskell, 32, who was hired at Moon’s Sports 1 Marketing agency in July, also accuses Moon of drugging her during a trip to Mexico in October and then pulling off her bathing suit. Haskell claims she was demoted from her executive assistant role after she complained about Moon’s unwanted sexual advances.

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MIAMI, FL - CIRCA 1980's: Quarterback Warren Moon #1 of the Houston Oilers drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during a mid circa 1980's NFL football game at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Moon played for the Oilers from 1984-93. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM - DECEMBER 9: Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers waits on the sidelines during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams played on December 9, 1984 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) New Orleans: Houston Oiler quarterback Warren Moon shows off his Travelers/NFL Man of the Year Trophy after being honored as the outstanding citizen athlete in the NFL...the athlete who best demonstrates a balance of civic and professional responsibilities.
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Warren Moon #1, Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings prepares to pass to wide receiver #86 Jake Reed during the National Football Conference Central game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on 24 September 1995 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, United States. The Vikings won the game 44 - 24. (Photo by Damian Strohmeyer/Allsport/Getty Images)
Warren Moon #1, Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs during the American Football Conference West game against the San Diego Chargers on 26 November 2000 at the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California, United States. The Chargers won the game 17 - 16. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Deadspin, Haskell accuses Moon of having a “dark and twisted side.” She says Moon forced her to submit to a number of perverse arrangements, including “providing him unfettered access to the bathroom every time she showered, wearing skimpy lingerie while in the obligatory single room, obtaining prior approval for her wardrobe, and being subjected to continuous unwanted and unsolicited sexual advances.”

Haskell filed her lawsuit the same week that Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year. The cover image includes Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who have all spoken out against various forms of sexual misconduct in the past year. The cover also includes the arm of a woman whose face viewers cannot see. Her presence is meant to represent all the women and men who fear coming forward with their own stories. 

Haskell, through her attorney, told the Post that she wanted her name to be made public, though she did not make any additional comment on the lawsuit.

Though Moon has not publicly responded to the lawsuit or its allegations, he requested a leave of absence from his role as an analyst for the Seattle Seahawks’ radio broadcast. According to ESPN, Moon was in the midst of his 14th season as a Seahawks analyst.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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