Moon tak­ing leave, says law­suit claims are ‘mer­it­less’

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Hall of Fame quar­ter­back War­ren Moon says claims in a law­suit al­leg­ing he sex­u­ally ha­rassed a fe­male em­ployee at his sports mar­ket­ing com­pany are “mer­it­less.”

The suit, which was filed Mon­day in Orange County, Calif., names Moon and Sports 1 Mar­ket­ing as de­fen­dants.

Wendy Haskell, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to Moon at Sports 1 Mar­ket­ing, al­leges in the law­suit that Moon re­quired her to wear skimpy lin­gerie, share his bed dur­ing busi­ness trips and made un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances.

Haskell also al­leges in the doc­u­ments that Moon grabbed her crotch while she was sleep­ing on a re­cent busi­ness trip in Seat­tle.

Moon says he hasn’t been served with the law­suit, but he is aware of the claims and de­nies them.

“Mr. Moon con­tends these claims are mer­it­less and he has ev­ery in­ten­tion to vig­or­ously de­fend him­self in court,” said a state­ment from Moon’s lawyer Daniel Fears.

The state­ment said Moon has re­quested a tem­po­rary leave of ab­sence from his du­ties as a Seat­tle Sea­hawks broad­caster.

“Mr. Moon rec­og­nizes that his du­ties as a com­men­ta­tor on the Seat­tle Sea­hawks ra­dio net­work will be im­pacted as he de­fends him­self against these claims,” the state­ment said.

None of the al­le­ga­tions have been proven in court.

The Cana­dian Press does not nor­mally name al­leged vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault, but Fitzger­ald & Isaac­son, the law firm rep­re­sent­ing Haskell, said its client had agreed to go pub­lic.

Sports 1 Mar­ket­ing did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

The law­suit claims Haskell re­ported Moon’s be­hav­iour to CEO David Meltzer, but the com­pany did not in­ves­ti­gate her claims. Haskell claims she was de­moted af­ter mak­ing the com­plaints.

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