Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 5:59 pm

Monta Ellis, Warriors sued for sexual harassment

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.
Posted on: March 8, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 3:20 pm

LeBron sued by Atlanta nightclub

LeBron James sued over reneging on club appearance in Atlanta, then scheduling appearance at competitor's establishment. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Someone's suing LeBron James for betrayal, and in a surprising development, it's no one from the city of Cleveland. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that James is being sued for committing to a club appearance, then backing out and appearing at another in the same city. 
Atlanta's Opera nightclub is suing the Miami Heat player and the Gold Room over an appearance James is scheduled to make later this month. A hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction is set for Thursday in Fulton Superior Court.

In a complaint filed Monday, Opera accuses James of reneging on a promise to appear for one hour on March 17, for which he was to be paid $25,000, or $417 a minute.

James, who last summer infamously jilted his longtime team the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Heat, will be in town the night before Miami  is scheduled to play the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

The Opera Nightclub said in its suit if the Midtown Atlanta bar can't have him -- at least on that night -- no one should, especially the Gold Room on Piedmont Avenue.

"We want to make sure LeBron doesn’t show up any place else," Yasha Heidari, the attorney for the Opera, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday.

via Atlanta club sues LeBron James  | ajc.com.

So the AJC goes on to report that James basically told the club he'd committed to he simply didn't want to make the appearance.  The competing club is denying that James is scheduled to appear there. The plaintiff club states that their problem isn't with James, but with his "agent" for party promotions, Chubbie Baby. Yes, that's his name. He's apparently an Ohio rapper with his own blog who is a big fan of guns, or at least was in 2008 at the time of his arrest on a concealed weapons charge. 

So in the middle of trying to find his team's identity, stop losing games that result in his coach outing his teammates crying and recover some sense of the momentum felt when he joined the Heat last year, James is now dealing with a lawsuit over failing to follow through with one club after asking for continual increases in his fee, only to be scheduled to appear at another. There's some sort of allegory in here, I just can't find it. 

(Photo via Chubbie Baby's blog, ATLpics.net)

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