Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, in his first public comments since being accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, "strenuously denied" the allegations against him and said that he had "witnesses that would testify" to their inaccuracy, reports ESPN.
Moon, speaking to Seattle's KIRO Radio 97.3 FM early Thursday, disputed as "totally untrue" Wendy Haskell's allegations that Moon made "unwanted and unsolicited" sexual advances as part of her role as his assistant working for Sports 1 Marketing.
"I know this subject of harassment and assault and different things in the workplace by women is a very serious subject right now," Moon said in the extensive interview, "and a lot of women have held a lot of these feelings in for a long time, and are coming out and expressing these feelings, and they should be applauded for that. And I applaud those women for doing that. But in this particular situation, in my case, it just doesn't apply."
in Orange County Superior Court, Haskell says she was hired as an executive assistant to Moon last summer. The lawsuit alleges that Haskell was forced to sleep in the same bed with Moon on business trips while wearing lingerie. Haskell says she complained about the arrangement, but Moon responded, "this was the way it was."
On Thursday, Moon elaborated on that further by saying "at times we did share rooms together, and at other times we didn't."
"It just depended on the situation of where we were," the former NFL star said. "Sometimes she was with other girlfriends and she stayed with them, or sometimes she just met me on her own."
Moon told KIRO that he felt it was not unusual for him to share a hotel room with Haskell, his then-assistant at Sports 1 Marketing. Moon, who played parts of 17 seasons in the NFL with Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City, is the co-founder and president of the company.
"To me, it's not, only because of my history with women in general," Moon said. "I've done this with many other women, I've been able to if the situation arises that they needed somewhere to stay or whatever, they would stay with me. And they knew that there wasn't going to be any threat because of the respect that they have for me. So I can get a big number of women that would come forward and tell you those same things, that every time they were around me, they'd never feel any type of threat from me and they feel very comfortable around me, and it was no different with her."