Washington NFL team owner Daniel Snyder was accused by a female employee of sexual assault and harassment in April 2009, according to a report from The Washington Post on Tuesday. The allegations occurred three months before the team and the employee agreed to a confidential settlement that included a $1.6 million payment.
According to legal documents obtained by The Washington Post, the woman alleged Snyder groped her, attempted to remove her clothes and asked for sex. The incident allegedly occurred on a return flight from Las Vegas on one of the team’s private planes following a work trip.
The confidential settlement was first reported in 2020 with allegations of sexual misconduct. The Post previously reported that the woman agreed not to share her allegations publicly in exchange for the $1.6 million.
According to a 2020 court filing, Snyder claimed the team settled at the request of an insurance company and described the woman’s allegations as “meritless.”
The latest details come less than 24 hours before the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on the NFL’s handling of its investigation into the Commanders’ workplace culture. Snyder through his attorney declined to attend or participate in the hearing Wednesday, citing a prior overseas commitment. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to participate virtually.
During a February hearing, another former employee, Tiffani Johnston, accused Snyder of sexual harassment at a work function.
Attorney Beth Wilkinson interviewed the unnamed former employee in 2020 about the 2009 incident as part of the investigation into Washington’s organizational culture following allegations of sexual and workplace harassment by dozens of former employees.
Wilkinson’s report does not exist in written form, according to the league, and the findings were never made public. The NFL has hired Mary Jo White to investigate Johnston’s allegations.
The team has not yet responded to an email inquiry from The Athletic. The NFL through a spokesperson declined to comment.
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