The woman "continued to sexually assault and abuse [the player], make unwanted sexual advances towards [him], and engage in verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature towards [him]".
An NFL player who has remained anonymous has sued United Airlines and its flight attendants after he said a woman groped him during a flight and attendants didn't appropriately respond to his complaints.
When the woman turned toward the window, the athlete thought he might finally be able to get some rest - but then the woman put her hand through his jacket and caressed his chest, working her way up to his face, according to the suit.
Pursuing a jury trial, the papers said that the woman, who was intoxicated and taking prescription pills on the flight between Los Angeles and Newark in February, ripped off the player's face mask and grabbed his penis as the situation on the red-eye flight escalated.
The player "jumped up from his seat and complained in front of the entire plane", saying the woman was "touching me". "Fearful of the perception of being a male victim and the racial stigma of being a young African-American male, [the player] patiently pleaded for [the woman] to stop, and removed her hand". The men believe the woman was drunk and under the influence of drugs.
The men are suing United for failing to provide the name of the passenger crew and potential witnesses
The plaintiffs claim that they alerted flight attendants four times about the woman before they eventually moved her to another seat.
The report claims that both men are African American males, while the woman is described as a middle-aged Caucasian female. During the alleged assault, the unnamed woman reportedly tore off the unnamed player's protective face mask - which he was wearing to guard against COVID-19 - and grabbed his genitals.
Simple Flying was yet to receive a requested comment from United at the time of publication, but a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed to the New York Times that the passenger had, in the end, been moved to a different seat. "Our wish would be that in the future no passengers' multiple warnings and complaints to flight attendants, the onboard authority figures, will go unheard until it's too late and the damage will be done".
A spokesperson for United Airlines said "the safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority". At that point, the suit alleges, the woman moved to the middle seat and then began harassing John Doe 2, grabbing his leg and groin area, according to the suit. The flight attendant again, did not respond, the suit alleges. They are seeking unspecified damages from the airline.