NFL player sues United over incident with another passenger

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An NFL participant is suing United Airlines, saying he was harassed and sexually assaulted by an intoxicated feminine passenger on a red-eye flight in February.

The participant stated in a lawsuit that quickly after boarding the cross-country flight, a girl sitting in the identical row confronted him over a face masks that he was sporting as safety in opposition to the coronavirus.

According to the lawsuit, the girl made sexual advances, reached inside the person’s jacket to caress his chest, then grabbed his crotch and ripped off his masks.

The participant stated he and a person flying with him had complained a number of instances to 2 flight attendants, who gave the girl one verbal warning however ignored different requests to intervene when the harassment continued, in accordance with the lawsuit.

Lawyers for the participant and the second man filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The males weren’t named within the lawsuit. The soccer participant lives in Essex County, New Jersey, and the second man lives in Philadelphia, in accordance with the lawsuit. They are in search of unspecified damages from the airline.

United confirmed that an incident occurred on the flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Los Angeles, however gave few particulars.

“The safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority. In this instance, the customer involved was moved to a different seat,” airline spokeswoman Leigh Schramm stated in an announcement. “Because litigation is now pending, we’re unable to provide further comment.”

The lawsuit stated the girl was white and the 2 males are black. During the incident, it stated, the soccer participant pleaded with the girl to cease as a result of he was fearful “of the perception of being a male victim and the racial stigma of being a young African American male.”

The males stated United gave them every a $150 journey voucher for his or her hassle.