An NFL player said he was sexually harassed and assaulted by a female passenger on a United Airlines flight and accused two flight attendants of failing to properly respond to his complaints.
The incident happened during a late-night plane ride in February from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The unnamed athlete, who filed the suit with another unidentified man, alleges that the woman made “unwanted advances” toward him and inappropriately touched him during the flight.
“The safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority,” a spokesperson for United said in a statement on Wednesday. “In this instance, the customer involved was moved to a different seat. Because litigation is now pending, we’re unable to provide further comment.”
The player, identified as John Doe 1 and the other man, identified as John Doe 2, alleges that the woman boarded the flight after a majority of the passengers were already seated and she appeared “disheveled and unbalanced.”