The woman who accused Luke Walton of sexual assault posted a new video on Friday, thanking her friends, family and fans for having her back.
Kelli Tennant, in her first social media post since filing her lawsuit, spoke directly to the camera, saying, “I just wanted to stop in and share my gratitude with you and say thank you for being with me on this journey. And for your love and your support. It has been, as you can imagine, a very difficult, rollercoaster of a week.”
She continued, “But I have felt so loved and so supported every step of the way, from complete strangers — men and women — as well as my incredible friends who have truly stepped up for me.”
Tennant concluded the video by saying, “So I just wanted to share my thanks with you and for anyone that has been in a similar situation, I want you to know that I hear you and I see you and I stand with you.”
As The Blast previously reported, Tennant claims that Walton, when he was a coach with the Golden State Warriors, attempted to force himself on her in a hotel room.
She claims Walton “pinned Ms. Tennant on the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body. Defendant Walton then began forcing kisses on her neck, face and chest.”
In her lawsuit, Tennant claims to have yelled “Stop it,” but says, “Walton did not stop. instead, the crushing weight of his six-foot eight-inch, two hundred and thirty-five pound body pinned Ms. Tennant to the bed and she unable to escape. Defendant Walton groped Ms. Tennant’s breasts and groin area, continued to forcibly kiss her face, necks, breasts, etc., and rubbed his erection on her leg.”
Tennant says she feared she would be “raped,” and “yelled and pled” with Walton to stop. She says, “Walton did not stop. Instead, he only continued to sexually assault her but laughed at her pleas to stop.”
She’s suing for unspecified damages and held a press conference this week with her attorneys to discuss the situation.
An attorney for Luke Walton called the allegations of sexual assault “baseless,” and believes Tennant is “an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible.”