A lawsuit was recently filed against James Dolan, the owner of Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, and New York Rangers, alleging that he sexually assaulted a young woman a decade ago. The lawsuit also claims that Dolan trafficked the victim to Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted a few years ago for sexual assault and rape.
The legal claim was filed in the federal district court in Los Angeles by Kellye Croft. The defendants named in the lawsuit include Dolan, Weinstein, as well as companies related to the band The Eagles, and JD & The Straight Shot. In addition to the sexual assault accusations against Dolan, the lawsuit also claims that the woman was sexually assaulted by Weinstein. Croft is seeking unspecified compensation from Dolan and the companies named as defendants.
The incident described in the lawsuit dates back to late 2013 when Croft, who was working as a licensed massage therapist on tour for The Eagles, was allegedly forced into having sex with Dolan. The lawsuit states that despite her protests, Dolan pushed her onto a couch and forced her hands between his knees. It alleges that Dolan forced Croft into sex on multiple occasions.
In response to the accusations, Dolan’s lawyer, E. Danya Perry, stated that there is no merit to any of the allegations against her client, and that Dolan and Croft had a friendship.
The lawsuit also alleges that Weinstein sexually assaulted Croft in early 2014, after offering her a job opportunity which he wanted to discuss in his hotel room. The lawsuit claims that Weinstein chased Croft down the hallway and barged into her room, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The legal claim asserts that Dolan was aware of Weinstein’s behavior but did not offer to report it to the police or help Croft. The lawsuit also claims that Dolan responded to the incident by saying that Weinstein “has problems.”
The lawsuit seeks to hold Dolan and the other defendants accountable for the alleged sexual assaults and misconduct.