Ex-Golden State Warriors employee Erika Ross Smith files sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard and team captain Monta Ellis over explicit text messages, team also named in the lawsuit.
Golden State Warriors guard and team captain Monta Ellis was sued by Erika Ross Smith, an ex-employee of the team, in a sexual harassment lawsuit, in which she alleges he sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals. The team is also named in Erika Ross Smith’s lawsuit.
In her lawsuit Erika Ross Smith alleges Ellis began sending her several dozen explicit messages, sometimes several times a day, starting in November 2010 through January while she worked for the team’s community relations department.
The messages included lines such as, ‘I want to be with you,’ and ‘Hey Sexy,’ and periodically asked her what she was wearing or doing, according to the lawsuit.
Ms Smith would often reply with ‘What do you want?’ or ‘I am sleeping,’ the lawsuit claims.
Her lawyer, Burt Boltuch, said at a news conference yesterday: ‘On a micro level, my client has endured unwanted harassment, has suffered and continues to suffer emotional distress and trauma’.
He added: ‘On a macro level, this type of conduct, especially in the sports world, must stop. She was embarrassed. She was intimidated. She felt scared and helpless.’ Source
The team begs to differ with the lawsuit and her version of events, saying Erika Ross Smith and Monta Ellis had a consensual relationship. What I don’t get is the trauma part of this. Like that lawsuit filed against Patti LaBelle by Roseanna Monk, who claimed her daughter was traumatized over the singer arguing with her, I find that very hard to believe. Why didn’t Erika Ross Smith go to the police about the harassment? I am in no way trivializing what could have possibly happened to her, but it does seem a little far-fetched that she was traumatized over some text messages.