NFL Player Suing United Airlines for Sexual Assault

A United Airlines plane taxis into its gate at Denver International Airport

The lawsuit accuses United Airlines of failing to properly respond during the flight and failing to cooperate with authorities.

An unnamed National Football League player who claims he was sexually assaulted and harassed by a woman on a United Airlines flight in February is suing the airline for failing to protect him from the alleged assault.

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, the suit says.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that the unnamed player, identified in legal documents as John Doe 1, and another man on the flight, identified as John Doe 2, both described as African American, said they made several complaints to United Airlines flight attendants about the unwanted sexual advances made toward them by a middle-aged caucasian woman.

The player filed the suit in the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles.

In addition to drinking, the woman was also reportedly taking prescription pills during the flight, according to the suit.

The alleged incident took place on February 10 on a Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, flight.

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A second man seated on the other side of the athlete in the same row is named as a second plaintiff, John Doe 2.

At one point, she also allegedly grabbed his penis and ripped off the face mask he was wearing, presumably to ward off the coronavirus, the lawsuit states.

After complaints about the woman's behavior to the flight attendants were allegedly ignored, the harassment "intensified" into sexual assault with the female passenger "grabbing and groping his quads and then stroking her hand across his lap towards the inside of his leg near his genitals", the suit reads.

In a statement, a spokesperson for United Airlines told Fox News, "The safety and well-being of our customers is always our top priority".

"In this instance, the customer involved was moved to a different seat", the airline said.

"At this time we ask the public to respect our clients" privacy and anonymity as we move forward with litigation'.

"This is significant because assault is assault, regardless of the gender, race of physical attributes of the victim", the statement said.

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