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NFL player suing United Airlines over alleged sexual assault

An NFL player claims he was sexually harassed and assaulted multiple times by a woman during a recent flight, and he has filed a lawsuit against United Airlines.

The player chose to remain anonymous, with court records obtained by Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report referring to him as “John Doe 1.” The lawsuit states that another alleged victim, “John Doe 2,” was sitting in the same row as the NFL player and was also sexually harassed and assaulted. The lawsuit accuses United Airlines of failing to properly respond during the flight and failing to cooperate with authorities.

The alleged incident occurred during a Feb. 10 flight from Newark to Los Angeles. The NFL player says a woman made “multiple unwanted sexual advances,” including grabbing his penis and ripping off his protective face mask. The player says the woman was intoxicated and taking prescription pills. Here are more details:

The victims say they made four complaints against the female passenger before flight attendants finally moved her to another seat. The NFL player and “John Doe 2” are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. A statement from attorneys representing the two alleged victims says the goal of the lawsuit is to make sure no passengers make complaints in the future that “go unheeded until it’s too late and the damage is done.”

This is not the first time a professional athlete has had an issue with United Airlines, though the previous incidents were far less serious.

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