Former USC women’s volleyball player Kelli Tennant is suing ex-Lakers coach Luke Walton for sexual assault, according to a report from TMZ.
Tennant alleged in the suit that Walton forced himself on her in a hotel room before he was hired by the Lakers. Tennant was a sideline reporter for Spectrum Sportsnet LA, which broadcasts Laker games.
Tennant claims Walton asked to come to his Santa Monica hotel to discuss a book she was writing. Tennant said the pair had a business relationship and she wanted him to write a foreword to her book.
Per TMZ: “In the suit, Tennant says when she arrived at Walton’s hotel, he convinced her to come up to his room so they could discuss the book. She claims when they got up to his room, Walton suddenly pinned her to the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body.
“In the docs, Tennant claims Walton then began forcing kisses on her neck, face and chest. She claims she screamed for him to stop and tried to free herself, but he held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.
“She says he eventually relented and let her get up from the bed, but as she was walking towards the door to leave he grabbed her from behind and again forced his body up against hers.”