A former sports reporter who accused Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in his hotel room said on Tuesday that she feared he was going to rape her.
Kelli Tennant, who claims Walton attacked her when she visited his hotel during his tenure with the Golden State Warriors, said at a news conference that the coach held her down and forcibly kissed her.
“Out of nowhere, he got on top of me and pinned me down to the bed and held my arms down with all of his weight while he kissed my neck and my face and my chest,” Tennant said during a news conference in Los Angeles.
She added that when she asked him to get off, “he laughed at me.”
“I thought he was going to rape me,” she said.
Tennant said Walton attacked her when he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, which was from 2014 to 2016.
She said she considered him a friend and she went to give him a copy of her book at a hotel in Santa Monica during a Warriors road trip to Los Angeles. She detailed the alleged attack in a lawsuit obtained by TMZ on Monday.
“When someone assaults you and you think you’re going to be raped, coming forward is a scary thing. I have spent years now trying to deal with this,” she said.
Tennant’s attorney, Garo Mardirossian, said because years had passed, he believed it would be difficult to file the report now with police and put together a criminal case.
An attorney for Walton called the accusations “baseless” and said Tennant was “an opportunist, not a victim.”
With Post wires