An NFL player from New Jersey was repeatedly harassed and groped by a drug-addled female passenger aboard a United Airlines flight, according to a new lawsuit that claims the crew did nothing to stop the very inappropriate use of hands.
The unnamed athlete, John Doe 1, said his ordeal began shortly after the red-eye flight departed Los Angeles for Newark Liberty International Airport on Feb. 10.
He said the woman, who also is not identified, appeared “disheveled and unbalanced” when she boarded the flight and took her window seat next to him in the economy plus section.
She allegedly soon began sexually assaulting the pro-footballer, who was seated in the middle seat, by “massaging” his knees and thighs, says the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
A second man seated in the same row, who is also suing as John Doe 2, complained to crew members — but they allegedly did nothing to stop the woman’s behavior, the suit claims.
The complaint describes both John Does as African Americans — the professional athlete living in Hazlet and the second man residing in Philadelphia. It’s unclear if they knew each other prior to the flight.
“Fearful of the perception of being a male victim and the racial stigma of being a young African American male, John Doe 1 patiently pleaded for assailant to stop and removed her hand,” the suit says.
But the alleged sexual assault of John Doe 1 only “intensified,” with the woman “grabbing and groping his quads and then stroking her hand across his lap towards the inside of his leg near his genitals,” the complaint says.
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.
When he got up to complain to a flight attendant, the belligerent woman turned her sights on John Doe 2, grabbing his leg and “groin area.”
She was eventually removed to another row — after allegedly admitting she was drinking and had popped pills.
Both men said 25 minutes into the flight, they witnessed the woman downing prescription pills, causing her to become “intoxicated,” according to the suit.
The victims were given $150 vouchers for their troubles.
The men claim the abuse could’ve been prevented but crew members did nothing when they were made aware it was happening.
A rep for United didn’t immediately return a message.
The lawsuit was first reported by Bleacher Report.
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