Former Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach Luke Walton is being sued for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a female sports reporter. She claims the assault happened in May 2017 while Walton was still a coach for the Golden State Warriors. Kelli Tennant claims the two had a professional relationship that went back years. Tennant claims Walton asked her to meet him at his hotel to discuss a book she was writing, which she wanted Walton to write the forward for.
In the suit, Tennant says when she arrived at Walton's hotel, he convinced her to come up to his room so they could discuss the book. She claims when they got up to his room, Walton suddenly pinned her to the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body.
In the docs, Tennant claims Walton then began forcing kisses on her neck, face and chest. She claims she screamed for him to stop and tried to free herself, but he held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.
She says he eventually relented and let her get up from the bed, but as she was walking towards the door to leave he grabbed her from behind and again forced his body up against hers.
Tennant claims when Walton finally released his grasp, she opened the door and left, but could hear him say, "Good to see you."
Tennant claims she did not initially report Walton's conduct but was forced to continually interact with him because of her job. She says each time she saw him, Walton would impose himself on her with a big hug or a kiss, even though she thought she made it clear his advances were unwanted.
In the suit, Tennant claims on one occasion, Walton greeted her by uttering, "vulgar, guttural sounds at her" and said, "mmmm ... you're killing me in that dress." She says he then forced an aggressive hug on her and rubbed his body against hers.
Walton, whom is married, was the head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers fro 2016-2019. He was recently signed to be the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings.