Transcript for Sports reporter accuses NBA coach of sexual assault
We'll turn now to the NBA coach under fire accused of sexually assaulting a TV sports reporter. That reporter, Kelli Tennant, spoke out overnight claiming the Sacramento kings head coach Luke Walton attacked her in a hotel room and Maggie Rulli has the story. Reporter: Good morning. These are disturbing allegations against a man who's coached NBA superstars like Lebron Groene Bron James, Luke Walton is now accused of sexually assaulting a sports reporters when she was 25 at a time when she says he was her mentor. One of the most high-profile coaches coming under fire. Luke Walton facing sexual assault accusations from former sports reporter Kelli Tennant who claimed he forced himself on her in 2014. This type of behavior cannot be condoned. And no woman should ever be made to feel like a victim. Reporter: Walton was until recently the head coach of the L.A. Lakers alongside Lebron James and was at the time with the golden state wore yores. Tennant said she had a professional friendship with him and dropped off a copy of her recent book. She claims when they got inside. He got on top of me and pinned me down to the bed and kissed my neck and face and chest and as I kept asking him to please stop and to get off he laughed at me. I thought he was going to rape me. An accusation Walton's lawyer strongly denies calling her an opportunist even not a victim. We intend to prove this in court. Walton was just hired by the kings after a dismal season in Los Angeles. TMZ spotted him in L.A. Just before the claims became public. Police tell ABC news overnight the alleged assault was never reported to them. Tennant says she waited because at the time she was 25 and feared for her career. As a young woman who had only been in this job for less than a year, I was scared and I felt coming forward would jeopardize every aspect of my life. Reporter: Well, she goes on to say she's speaking out for the other women in her alleged situation saying, quote, if sharing my steer makes another woman feel heard that's what matters to me. Thanks very much. Now to new developments
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