Lawsuit Filed Alleging Sexual Assault by James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein
A recent lawsuit has been filed which alleges that James Dolan, the owner of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks, and the New York Rangers, sexually assaulted a young woman a decade ago. The lawsuit also claims that Dolan trafficked the victim to Harvey Weinstein, the film producer who was convicted a few years ago of sexual assault and rape.
The legal claim was filed in Los Angeles federal district court by Kellye Croft on Tuesday, naming Dolan, Weinstein, along with companies related to the band, The Eagles, and JD & The Straight Shot as defendants. Apart from sexual assault accusations against Dolan, the lawsuit also alleges that the woman was sexually assaulted by Weinstein. Croft is pursuing a trial by jury and is seeking unspecified compensation from Dolan and the companies named as defendants.
The incident described in the legal claim dates back to late 2013 when Croft, who was 27 years old at the time, was working as a licensed massage therapist on a tour for The Eagles. JD & The Straight Shot, Dolan’s brand, was opening for The Eagles.
The lawsuit alleges that Dolan, who was 58 years old at the time, allegedly forced Croft into having sex with him right after she was giving him a massage. Despite her protests, Dolan allegedly pushed her onto a couch and forced her hands between his knees. The claim alleges that this was not an isolated incident and that there were other encounters where Dolan forced the victim into sex without her consent.
E. Danya Perry, Dolan’s lawyer, has rejected the accusations against her client, stating that there is no merit to any of the allegations.
Apart from Dolan, the lawsuit also alleges that Weinstein sexually assaulted Croft in early 2014. It claims that Weinstein offered the victim a lucrative job opportunity and then allegedly sexually assaulted her in his hotel room. When Croft shared this with Dolan, he reportedly did not offer to help her or report the incident to the police, allegedly stating that Weinstein “has problems.”
The lawsuit seeks to hold both Dolan and Weinstein accountable for their alleged actions.