Brett Favre sued for sexual harassment by ex-Jets’ massage therapists

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

WASHINGTON - NFL player Brett Favre has been sued for sexual harassment by two former Jets’ massage therapists in the wake of a sex scandal that had cost him 50,000 dollars in fine.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole, both former massage therapists for the New York Jets, sued Favre, 41, the New York Jets and Lisa Ripi, a woman who hires massage therapists for the team.

In the suit, filed at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Scavo alleges that Favre sent text messages to another unidentified massage therapist, asking her and the unidentified woman to “get together” with him.

Scavo said that in 2008 while Favre was with the New York Jets, he treated her like a “hanging slab of meat”. In the suit she claims he wanted a three-way with her and another therapist.

Scavo claimed that after she refused Favre’s advances and had her husband, Joseph Scavo, call Favre to demand an apology, both she and O’Toole, were never offered work with the Jets again.

Joseph Scavo claims his wife then came under fire from her boss, Lisa Ripi, a defendant in the lawsuit.

Elizabeth Eilender, the attorney for Scavo and O’Toole, said that her clients did not want to file a lawsuit, but when the Jets refused to give them back their jobs, they had no choice.

“I suspect that this case is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to the harassment and discrimination experienced by women working for NFL teams and their players as well as all of men’s professional sports,” ABC News quoted Eilender as saying in a statement.

“I hope that Ms. Scavo’s and Ms. O’Toole’s courage to bring this suit will empower other women to come forward without fear of retaliation and retribution in order to protect their livelihoods and self-respect,” she stated. (ANI)

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