1:35 PM PT — The executive director of Team Prime Time tells The Blast, “We only became aware of the litigation initiated by Kelli Tennant through public media channels last night, Monday, April 22nd.”
They add, “Out of respect for Kelli, and her tireless efforts to improve the lives of the thousands of at-risk youth served by Team Prime Time, we have chosen to remove content from the May 24th, 2017 event from our website.”
Luke Walton was honored last year during a charity event hosted by his soon-to-be sexual assault accuser, and the NBA coach allegedly “uttered guttural sounds at her” while smiling and posing for photos that have now been wiped from the charity archives.
The current Sacramento Kings head coach was honored on May 24, 2017 during “An Evening with Luke Walton” held by Team Prime Time, a charity focused on at-risk youth.
The event was co-hosted by Kelli Tennant and Los Angeles Lakers legend, James Worthy, and in photos taken at the event, Walton can be seen with his arm around Tennant as the two smiled and posed for photos.
According to the lawsuit filed by Tennant, and obtained by The Blast, she claims when Walton arrived at the event, he “looked Ms. Tennant up and down very slowly and provocatively, uttered vulgar guttural sounds at her in a lewd manner and remarked ‘Mmmm … you’re killing me in that dress.”
The former SportsNet LA host claims Walton came up to her inside the venue and, “forced an aggressive hug on her, forced kisses on her check [sic] and rubbed his body against hers.”
Tennant said she felt “helpless and violated,” but was also required, as part of her duties, to moderate a panel honoring Walton. The two were seen participating in the panel, and taking multiple photos together throughout the event.
The night was mentioned in the lawsuit as an example of allegations of continued harassment from the NBA coach that Tennant claims to have suffered.
It’s unclear when, but at some point after the event, Team Prime Time attempted to remove the links from their site featuring, “An Evening with Luke Walton.”
The Blast reached out to Team Prime Time for an explanation on why the event was removed, and if they had known about any allegations by Tennant before the filing of her lawsuit.
As we reported, an attorney for Walton calls the allegations of sexual assault “baseless,” and believes Tennant is “an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible.”