Adrienne Lawrence, a former host for ESPN, is suing the network for alleged sexual harassment.
According to The Blast, Lawrence claims in her lawsuit that ESPN is “a company rife with misogyny” where “women are humiliated, degraded, and forced to navigate a misogynistic and predatory culture.”
Lawrence claims that men at the network would keep “scorecards” on the women they wanted to sleep with. She also claims that men would openly watch porn on their computers, and they would make “repulsive” comments about women in front of women.
She also mentioned her former male co-workers were intrigued about what Rihanna tasted like, and concluded that she “must taste good.”
Lawrence said she left her legal career behind and joined the network in 2015 through their “ESPN the Fellowship” program.
However, she claims she was denied “important opportunities for professional development and fired her in retaliation for complaining to supervisors and the Human Resources Department … about sexual harassment and HR’s condonation and ratification of discriminatory behavior.”
In the lawsuit, Lawrence mentioned unwanted sexual advances made by John Buccigross, which he has denied.
She also claimed sportscaster Chris Berman left a threatening and racially disparaging remarks on Jemele Hill’s voicemail. Hill released a statement and said, “Chris never left any racially disparaging remarks on my voicemail and our conflict was handled swiftly and with the utmost professionalism.”
ESPN released a statement and said:
“We conducted a thorough investigation of the claims Adrienne Lawrence surfaced to ESPN and they are entirely without merit. Ms. Lawrence was hired into a two-year talent development program and was told that her contract would not be renewed at the conclusion of the training program. At that same time, ESPN also told 100 other talent with substantially more experience, that their contracts would not be renewed. The company will vigorously defend its position and we are confident we will prevail in court.”