An unnamed NFL player alleges he was sexually harassed and assaulted by a female passenger on a February flight, and he’s suing United Airlines over the incident.
The civil lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, seeks unspecified damages, according to a copy of the suit posted online by The Guardian.
The player is not identified by name, but the lawsuit describes him as “an African American male adult and professional athlete in the National Football League (NFL) residing in the City of Hazlet, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey.”
The lawsuit alleges United’s flight attendants failed to adequately respond to the incident, which took place on a flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The incident involved the player, identified in court papers as JOHN DOE 1, and a second passenger, identified as JOHN DOE 2.
The suit accuses United of “failing to implement and enforce appropriate policies and procedures to prevent, or properly