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Monta Ellis, Warriors sued for sexual harassment

Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 5:59 pm
 
By Matt Moore and Ben Gollivermonta-ellis

An explosive lawsuit involving indecent text messages has been filed against an NBA star.

The Contra Costa Times reports
that a former Golden State Warriors employee has sued the team and guard Monta Ellis for sexual harrassment. The lawsuit also alleges that the Warriors terminated her employment in an effort to cover up the scandal.
According to an email from the Law Offices of Burton F. Boltuch, the plaintiff will file the suit Wednesday morning in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County. Afterward, a press conference will be held to discuss the allegations.

According to Boltuch, the plaintiff is accusing Ellis of sexually harassing her from November 2010 to January 2011. The accuser, according to Boltuch, has photo evidence of the harrassment, which he claims was sent from Ellis’ cell phone to the plaintiff.

The photo will be revealed – along with the identity of the accuser – at the press conference, Boltuch said.

“You will be shocked when you see it,” Boltuch said. “It’s pretty disgusting and graphic.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Ellis sent "dozens" of text messages, including one of a "graphic photo of [his] genitalia."
Erika Ross Smith said in a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday that Ellis began sending her explicit messages in November 2010 while she worked in the team's community relations department.

Ellis allegedly texted Smith "several times in a single day, late at night or in the early morning hours," using a "secret" telephone with a 601-area code, the suit claims. The texts from Ellis included phrases like "I want to be with you," and "Hey Sexy," to which Smith responded with "What do you want?" and "I am sleeping," the suit alleges.

Smith's attorney, Burton Boltuch, said his client's job description was abruptly changed after Ellis' wife, Juanika Amos Ellis, learned of the texts in January and complained to team executives. 
The San Jose Mercury-News reports that Warriors president Rick Welts issued a statement on Wednesday, insinuating that this lawsuit was a money grab and fighting back against the claim that the organization had professionally punished the plaintiff because of the relationship.
When we were made aware of a consensual relationship between Mr. Ellis and the Plaintiff, we did what an organization should do. We told both to stop – promptly, directly and fairly. The Warriors have never taken any action against the Plaintiff for any inappropriate reason, and we deny the allegations she is making.

We live in a litigious society in which lawsuits too frequently are driven by money and not the pursuit of justice. We will vigorously defend the reputation of the Warriors organization in the courts. We don’t plan to make any further comment about the details of the case.”
Ellis, 26, is married and has one son. 

He averaged a team-high 24.1 points per game for the Warriors last season.
Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:15 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Correction....they prefer FAT white women. Carry on.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:06 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Your right it must have been a white woman.  Your such a jackass.   Maybe it seems to be white women because the brotha's seem to like them better....



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:34 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

i know same thing happened to tiger woods



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:29 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Case already dismissed!  Photos aren't sexually harrassment unls there are more than one and this lawsuit crap with seual harrassment is getting silly.  How many want to bet she is white trying to get rich off of a brotha?  I bet 100% she is white because black women aren't that weak and scrupulous.  She gave him her number for one, proably got jealous because he said he wouldn't see her again and is now using a picture she probably requested him to send to get money.  This is a scare tactic and she is hoping public attention will get her a out of court settlement.  I hope he goes to court and expse all of her background dirt.  Remember the Duke Lacrosse players?  They were all guilty as hell buying prostitutes but when their lawyers wnet digging into the background it wasn't nice.  I hope he hires those lawyers so other stuff can be exposed to the public about her.  Women need to be countersued for weak crap like this.  Why are players personal news worthy of coverage on this site anyway.  I come here to read about the game, not the fame.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:12 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

The accuser, according to Boltuch, has photo evidence of the harrassment, which he claims was sent from Ellis’ cell phone to the plaintiff.

The photo will be revealed – along with the identity of the accuser – at the press conference, Boltuch said.

“You will be shocked when you see it,” Boltuch said. “It’s pretty disgusting and graphic.”
Sounds like Monta pulled a Brett Favre on this women, or perhaps a Pee Wee Herman. Dude has so much money, I'm sure he could get a female without resorting to this non sense.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:49 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Monta? The hell you say.



Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:21 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Why is it that folks like you always complain about the NBA, yet you still find time to watch and comment on blogs?  Get your facts in order in the meantime.  If the lady that accused Kobe of rape settled out of court, how in the world could he be "convicted".

It seems that instead of you watching "Storage Wars", you should be reading a book.  I sugguest you start with something simple...like My Pet Goat!




Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:01 am
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Monta looks and talks like a gangsta and he's never going to get a fair chance to prove innocence cuz folks believe in 1st impression; right or wrong that's how it is in this country,and as long as folks are more interested in how fantasic they play,NBA players will be coddled.Be a shame to lose such a talent...SAD! 



Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

Why do I get the feeling that said accusations are true?? 



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Report: Monta Ellis accused of sexual harassment

What do you expect from a league where the classiest guy is a convicted rapist and cheater? Anyone heard of Kobe Bryant? I tried watching the NBA games tonight. I almost forgot what kind of hoodrats make up the NBA, but I was quickly reminded. IM NOW DONE WITH THE NBA AND I'M WATCHING STORAGE WARS!


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