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Luke Walton's prosecutor: “I thought he would rape me”

A former sports rep that accused the former head of the Los Angeles Lakers Luke Walton of sexual assault has spoken publicly about his accusations and told reporters on Tuesday: "I thought he would rape me". Kelli Tennant filmed suit against Walton, recently employed as head coach in the Sacramento Kings, Monday night in Los Angeles County Superior Court. At a press conference on Tuesday, she detailed the alleged assault by Walton at a hotel in Santa Monica in the fall of 2014, when he was the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors. Tennant, a former USC volleyball player who became a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet Los Angeles, had stopped by the hotel to give Walton a copy of his book "The Transition", which he had written forwards. She said Walton met her in the lobby and took her up to her room because she said, "The players on his team [the Warriors] were in the lobby and he couldn't be around them. He didn't want to be seen in the lobby with the players . " Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was accused of sexual assault by former reporter Kelli Tennant.(AP / KABC, File) MAGIC JOHNSON STARTS WHEN LA LAKERS PRESIDENT FOR BASKETBALL BUSINESS Once in his hotel room, Tennant Walton said "on top of me and stuck to the bed and held my arms down with all their weight while he kissed my neck and my face and chest. And when I asked him to…

A former sports rep that accused the former head of the Los Angeles Lakers Luke Walton of sexual assault has spoken publicly about his accusations and told reporters on Tuesday: “I thought he would rape me”.

Kelli Tennant filmed suit against Walton, recently employed as head coach in the Sacramento Kings, Monday night in Los Angeles County Superior Court. At a press conference on Tuesday, she detailed the alleged assault by Walton at a hotel in Santa Monica in the fall of 2014, when he was the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Tennant, a former USC volleyball player who became a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet Los Angeles, had stopped by the hotel to give Walton a copy of his book “The Transition”, which he had written forwards. She said Walton met her in the lobby and took her up to her room because she said, “The players on his team [the Warriors] were in the lobby and he couldn’t be around them. He didn’t want to be seen in the lobby with the players . “

Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was accused of sexual assault by former reporter Kelli Tennant.
(AP / KABC, File)

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Once in his hotel room, Tennant Walton said “on top of me and stuck to the bed and held my arms down with all their weight while he kissed my neck and my face and chest. And when I asked him to stop and get off, he laughed at me. “She added that she could feel that Walton rubbed her with her upright penis “and he continued to laugh at all my basics to go and stay.”

Tennant argued that after she had been able to get up from the bed, Walton came around and grabbed me again and again holding my arms down so that I could not move and began to kiss my neck again. I was asking him to let go and stop, and he continued to laugh in my ear. He finally released me and I came out of the room. “

Tennant’s lawyer, Garo Mardirossian, told reporters that she trusted her closest family and other people after the alleged event, but did not tell anyone on SportsNet and never submitted fees.

” Our interest is not to have Walton put in prison or investigated by the police, necessarily, “said Mardirossian.” Our interest was that Kelli would feel better about herself, to come out and talk about what happened to her, and that was what she asked us to do , and that is why we continued with this complaint. “

When the question effects of reporters But Mardirossian said he had not closed the door to force criminal charges against Walton.

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Walton’s lawyer Mark Baute called the claims “Baseless”, saying in a statement that Tennant “is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom. “

” I was scared, “Tennant said when he asked why she didn’t come before.” When someone attacks you and you think you’re rape, it’s a frightening thing to do. get ahead … I was afraid of my job, my safety and what my livelihood would be. “

Walton, a son of Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton won two championships with the Lakers during an 11-year NBA career. Tennant said the two became close when he worked as a studio analyst at Lakers telecasts at SportsNet LA and described him as “a mentor and a friend and someone I looked up at.”

After Walton was named head coach for the Lakers in 2016, Tennant is promoted to a full-time Lakers reporter for the network and had to interact with him several times in practice, as well as before and after games. She argued that “every time I turned out to practice or play, he [Walton] would be sure to keep ma me and kiss me on my cheek … with many people around and i couldn’t do anything. I pretended to be completely normal all the time and I felt like I didn’t have anywhere to turn around. “

The warriors and the Lakers said they both first heard about claims after TMZ reported the trial Monday night and had no further comment. The kings said they were aware of the report and collected information but had no other comment.

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Walton was dismissed as the Lakers coach earlier this month after compiling a record of 98-148 over three seasons, lacking the playoffs every season.

“This kind of behavior can not be tolerated and no woman should ever be made to feel like a victim, “says Tennant, adding that she hoped for Walton” learns a lesson and knows he can never do it again. “

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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