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Washington Post obtained and released legal documents on Tuesday detailing how a female employee accused Commanders team owner Dan Snyder of sexual harassment and assault in 2009.
According to documents, the charges include the owner of the team “asking him for sex, fumbling with him and trying to take off his clothes”. The incident allegedly took place in the private part of a crew’s private plane. Three months later, the commanders reached an agreement worth $ 1.6 million, which Post was announced two years ago.
The letter from Howard Shapiro, a lawyer who assisted in the investigation, does not mention too much involvement in the investigation. Post said that according to the letter, David Crovan, the team ‘s attorney general at the time, was following the investigation and informed Snyder.
No details have been reported so far. Part of the agreement allegedly stated that the woman could not hear the charges in public or take her to court.
Snyder reportedly denied the allegations, and the team’s investigation accused the woman of fabricating her account to blackmail Snyder. Shapiro said in a letter that Donovan concluded that the woman had an “impeccable personal and professional reputation,” noting that she “wore revealing clothes while traveling in Las Vegas and flirted with other men.” Post.
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This is not the only allegation of sexual misconduct faced by the team owner.
- The Post published another article in 2020 stating that the former top manager had instructed employees to create a behind-the-scenes video for Snyder. The video included videos of some of the nude team cheerleaders from the ’08 team swimsuit calendar. In the same year, Post published an article in July detailing sexual harassment in the workplace experienced by 15 former employees of the franchise.
- The Post He previously stated that “lawyers and private detectives working on behalf of Snyder took steps that potential witnesses katset saw as attempts to interfere in the NFL’s investigation.” Numerous alleged attempts at intervention included reaching a $ 1.6 million deal with a former employee who described the co-owner’s sexual misconduct and filing petitions to identify employees who had spoken. Post.
- The U.S. House of Commons Oversight and Reform Committee held a hybrid roundtable with several former franchisees, and Tiffani Johnston described in detail the new allegations directly related to Snyder, who denied them.
“I learned that after this networking event, I couldn’t be strategically placed by the owner for dinner to discuss business, but to allow him to put his hand under my thigh under the table,” Johnston said in his opening remarks. “I learned to discreetly remove a man’s unwanted hand from his thigh at a crowded dinner table in a crowded restaurant to avoid a scene. I learned that keeping a job means I should continue talking to another co-worker, instead of calling Dan Snyder right now, right now.
“I also learned later that night how to laugh awkwardly, while Dan Snyder aggressively pushed me towards his limousine, holding my back on my lower back, encouraging me to drive him to his car.
Details of the 2009 indictment come the day before the US House of Representatives Monitoring and Reform Committee meeting. The committee had asked Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify before the committee about the commanders’ investigation. Snyder refused, but Goodell is involved.
The month-long inquiry, which began in October 2021, examines the franchise’s work culture, how it handled abuse reports, “the NFL’s role in setting and enforcing standards across the league, and the legislative reforms needed to address these issues across the NFL and other workplaces.” in a press release issued earlier this month.
The league has shared documents with the committee, such as an agreement of common interest between the NFL and Washington and a letter of engagement between law firm Beth Wilkinson’s firm and the franchise. Here is a summary of the documents found.
In addition, the committee sent an explosive letter to the Federal Trade Commission stating that commanders and Snyder “may have been involved in worrying, long-term and potentially illegal financial behavior that has affected thousands of team fans and the national football league. . ” More information on the Committee’s letter and evidence can be found here.
In July 2021, after extensive controversy surrounding the franchise, Snyder agreed to temporarily hand over team leadership to his wife, Tanya. The announcement came after the league partially disclosed the results of its workplace misconduct investigation, imposing a $ 10 million fine on the team.
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