NFL Player: I Was Sexually Assaulted on a United Flight

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"We bring this lawsuit with the hope that it will be one of the last of its kind", the players said in a written statement by their lawyers, Darren D. Darwish and Benjamin A. Azizian. The player went to the rear of the plane and again notified a flight attendant. has reached out to United for comment on the suit which was first reported by Bleacher Report. Finally, they say she was moved after they complained a fourth time.

She later admitted that she had been drinking and had taken unspecified pills. The woman accused of misconduct isn't identified either, but Tesfatsion notes that she is a "middle-aged Caucasian".

The unnamed, "disheveled and unbalanced" woman took the window seat next to the athlete (John Doe 1) in the middle seat of an economy section of the red-eye flight out of Los Angeles Feb. 10, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Daily Voice. The woman allegedly groped him while he repeatedly asked her to stop.

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The woman's inappropriate behavior began with badgering the player about his decision to wear a face mask in light of increasing concerns about COVID-19.

A second man seated on the other side of the athlete in the same row is named as a second plaintiff, John Doe 2. However, the suit alleges, the flight attendant never did.

The player, who is listed as John Doe 1 in the complaint, filed the suit with another male passenger whom the suit names as plaintiff John Doe 2.

The woman then allegedly began speaking and engaging with the player sexually, at one point grabbing the player and pulling off his face mask.

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The lawsuit said the woman was white and the two men are black. He then left his seat to seek help. When he got up to complain again, the woman moved into the middle seat and started groping John Doe 2. They also claim that the woman was intoxicated and taking prescription medication.

Attorneys Darren Darwish and Benji Azizian added that sexual assaults "continue to be an ongoing problem" and are particularly prevalent on red-eye flights, and said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had warned airlines in 2018 about the "alarming rate" at which those assaults were increasing.

In a statement, a spokesperson for United Airlines told Fox News, "The safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority". "This matter is about accountability; not just from United, but the assailant as well".

The two men are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

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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]".

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