Monta Ellis Accused of Sexual Harassment
Monta Ellis of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors has been hit with a sexual harassment charge by a former team employee, who accused the star player of sending her sexually explicit messages and a photograph of his genitalia.
Erika Ross Smith filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, accusing Ellis of, among others, sending suggestive messages through her team-issued mobile phone. According to the lawsuit, Ellis began sending messages to Smith in November 2010, asking her what she was wearing, among other things. Smith reportedly rejected Ellis’ advances. The suit also claims that Ellis sent a photo of his manhood on December 17, 2010, a day after the basketball star allegedly complained to team officials about Smith’s performance as a community relations employee.
Smith’s attorney, Burt Boltuch, said that his client was “embarrassed. She was intimidated. She felt scared and helpless.” Ellis and the team, which has been named as respondent in the suit, have yet to issue a statement regarding the case. Smith claimed that she was slowly eased out of the organization after Ellis’ wife, Juanika, learned and told the team about the text messages.