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Washington Post He obtained and published legal documents Tuesday detailing how Team Commanders owner employee Dan Snyder was accused of sexual harassment and assault in 2009.
According to the documents, the allegations include the team owner “asked to have sex, grope her, and try to undress.” The alleged incident reportedly occurred on a private part of one of the team’s private aircraft. Three months later, the leaders reached a $1.6 million settlement, which the post mentioned two years ago.
A letter written by attorney Howard Shapiro, who helped with the investigation, did not mention any university involvement in the investigation. the post It reported that according to the letter, then-team general counsel David Donovan oversaw the investigation and reported to Snyder.
Details have not been reported yet. Reportedly, part of the settlement agreement included the inability of the woman to discuss the allegations or file a lawsuit publicly.
Snyder denied the allegations, according to the documents, and the investigative team accused the woman of fabricating her account to blackmail Snyder. In the letter, Shapiro stated that Donovan reached conclusions that the woman had “an impeccable personal and professional reputation,” noting that she “was wearing revealing clothing and flirted with other men on the trip to Las Vegas,” the post.
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This isn’t the only sexual misconduct allegation the team owner has faced.
- The Mail Another article has been published In 2020, a former senior executive reported directing employees to create a behind-the-scenes video for Snyder. The video included videos of partially nude fans from a photo session in the 2008 team’s swimwear calendar. In the same year, The Mail I published an article In July he details workplace sexual harassment experienced by 15 former employees within the franchise.
- The Mail It previously stated that “lawyers and special investigators working on Snyder’s behalf have taken steps that potential witnesses … perceived as attempts to interfere with the NFL investigation.” The numerous alleged attempts to intervene Including reaching a $1.6 million settlement with a former employee describing sexual misconduct by the co-owner and petitioning to identify employees who spoke to Mail.
- The US House Oversight and Reform Committee held a mixed roundtable with several former employees of the franchiseand Tiffany Johnston detailing new allegations directly implicating Snyder to reject they.
“I learned that being placed strategically by the owner at a business dinner after this networking event was not for me to discuss business, but to allow him to put his hand on my thigh under the table,” Johnston said in her opening statement. I learned how to discreetly remove an unwanted man’s hand from my thigh at a crowded dinner table, in a crowded restaurant to avoid a scene. I’ve learned that surviving means I have to continue my conversation with another co-worker instead of calling Dan Snyder right then, right now.
“I also learned later that evening how to laugh awkwardly as Dan Snyder pushed me hard toward his limousine with his hand on my lower back, encouraging me to ride with him to my car. I learned how to keep saying no even though the situation was more difficult and uncomfortable. and my body.”
Details of the 2009 allegation come a day before the US House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The committee had asked Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify before the committee about the investigation into leaders. Snyder to reject But Goodl We will attend.
The months-long investigation that began in October 2021 looks into the franchise’s workplace culture, how the league has handled reports of misconduct, “the NFL’s role in setting and enforcing standards across the league, and legislative reforms needed to address these issues across the NFL and venues.” other work,” according to the committee’s press release earlier this month.
The league has shared documents with the committee, such as a mutual interest agreement Between the NFL and Washington and engagement letter Between Attorney Beth Wilkinson’s Firm and Franchise. Here is a summary What was found in the documents.
In addition, the commission wrote an explosive letter to the Federal Trade Commission, asserting that leaders And Sneijder “may have engaged in disturbing, prolonged and potentially illegal financial behavior that has victimized thousands of fans of the team and the National Football League.” here more Speech and evidence from the commission.
In July 2021, Snyder agreed to temporarily cede control of the team to his wife, Tanya, following widespread controversy over the franchise. The announcement came after the league partially released its findings from an investigation into workplace misconduct, imposing a $10 million fine against the team.