HOF QB Warren Moon settles sexual harassment lawsuit

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Former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon has reportedly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Former Houston Oilers quarterback and Hall of Famer Warren Moon has reportedly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with one of his former employees of his sports marketing company.

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the woman’s lawyer shared the news of the sexual harassment settlement. The lawsuit was originally filed in December 2017.

Moon was the co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing when the accusation first came to light. He took a leave of absence shortly thereafter, but is still listed as the company’s president on the website.

The suit alleged Moon “grabbed her crotch, drugged her before pulling off her bathing suit and forced her to sleep in his bed wearing thong underwear.”

Via his own attorney, Moon denied the allegations, but it did lead to the end of his broadcasting career with the Seattle Seahawks after he retired from the NFL.

Here is the statement from the attorney of Moon’s accuser, Wendy Haskell, who was his executive assistant.

“Both sides realized the appropriate thing to do was to settle with my client,” Haskell’s attorney, Diana L. Fitzgerald, said. “We’re very pleased with the settlement and believe justice is served.”

The Washington Post also noted that it does not usually share the names of accusers, however the woman involved agreed to go public, according to her attorney.

More from Haskell’s attorney:

“I consider it a win for my client and all women who have to endure any form of harassment in the workplace,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m proud of my client’s unwavering courage and clarity throughout this case.”

There has been no comment from Moon or his attorney as of this writing.

Moon played in the NFL for 17 seasons, 10 of which were spent with the Oilers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2006, and also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.