An unnamed NFL player from New Jersey sues United Airlines after claiming that he was sexually assaulted and harassed by a drug addict woman during a flight while crew members have done nothing to stop it.
The athlete, named John Doe 1 in the DailyMail.com lawsuit, said the ordeal occurred on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Newark Liberty International Airport on February 10.
He said the woman, who was also unidentified, looked “sloppy and unbalanced” when she got on the plane and sat next to him in the Economy Plus section by the window.
She reportedly sexually assaulted the plaintiff shortly after takeoff by “ massaging ” his knees and thighs, according to the suit filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on Monday.
Over the course of the flight, the attack “intensified,” the suit claims, with the woman “grabbing and groping his quads, then stroking her hand across his lap to the inside of his leg at his genitals.”
She later admitted that she had been drinking and taking unspecified pills.
An unnamed NFL player from New Jersey sues United Airlines after claiming that he was sexually assaulted and harassed by a drug addict woman during a flight while crew members did nothing to stop it (file photo)
A second man on the opposite side of the athlete in the same row is named as the second Prosecutor, John Doe 2.
That man, who also claimed that he had been sexually assaulted by the woman, said he complained to the crew about the woman’s behavior and that they had done nothing about it, the suit states.
The suit describes both John Does and African-Americans. The professional soccer player lives in Essex County, New Jersey, and the other man lives in Philadelphia.
It is unclear whether the men knew each other before the flight.
“Fearing the perception of being a male victim and the racial stigma of a young African-American man, John Doe 1 patiently pleaded for the attacker to stop and removed her hand,” said the suit.
The woman reportedly escalated her lewd behavior despite the man’s pleas.
At one point, she grabbed his penis and ripped off the face mask he was wearing, the suit says.
When John Doe 1 got up to complain to a flight attendant, the woman reportedly started to target John Doe 2 by grabbing his leg and ‘groin area’.
The woman was eventually transferred to another row on the plane, after allegedly admitting to drinking alcohol and taking pills.
Both prosecutors said they saw the woman take the prescribed pills about 25 minutes after the flight, making her “drunk.”
United gave the men $ 150 coupons after the flight in response to the ordeal.
In their lawsuit, the men claim that the abuse could have been prevented if crew members took action when it was first brought to their attention.
The men claim that the abuse could have been prevented, but crew members did nothing when they were notified.
Lawyers representing John Does 1 and 2 made the above statement this week
DailyMail.com contacted United for comment on the lawsuit first reported by Bleacher Report.
The outlet referred to a previous statement by a United spokesperson in response to an alleged sexual assault on a flight in 2018.
“The safety and well-being of our customers is our top priority,” spokesman Eric Benson told USA Today.
“Sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, harassment, or predation definitely doesn’t belong anywhere in our society, including our industry and our planes.”
Lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit have released a statement to Bleacher Report stating, “We are bringing this lawsuit with the hope that it will be one of the last of its kind.
“Our wish would be that in the future, the warnings and complaints from flight attendants of passengers, the figures on board the authorities, should not go unnoticed in the future [sic] until it is too late and the damage is done.
“At this time, we are asking the public to respect the privacy and anonymity of our customers as we continue litigation.”