Jonathan Coachman one of several ESPN employees accused of sexual harassment

  • Jonathan Coachman one of several ESPN employees accused of sexual harassment

Jonathan Coachman one of several ESPN employees accused of sexual harassment

The lawsuit filed Sunday also describes an atmosphere in which male employees openly watch pornography on their computers and kept "scorecards" naming female colleagues they are targeting for sex.

"On or around January 18, 2016, SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman ("Coachman") emailed Ms. Lawrence offering to provide her with mentorship and providing his cellphone number".

Lawrence began working for the sports giant as part of its fellowship program in August 2015 in hopes of joining the network long-term as an on-air legal analyst, according to the complaint.

Former ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman is now under investigation by his new employer WWE following sexual harassment accusations brought against him in a lawsuit brought against the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

Throughout her tenure at the network, Lawrence claims she "was forced to work in a hostile environment where she was subjected to misogynistic treatment by multiple male colleagues, many of whom ostracized her after she objected to their sexual objectification of her and other women".

"On or around January 18, 2016, SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman ("Coachman") emailed Ms. Lawrence offering to provide her with mentorship and providing his cellphone number", reads the lawsuit.

In the process, ESPN sent a loud message: "Complaining about men who engage in unlawful and discriminatory conduct is a one-way ticket out of ESPN", the lawsuit says.

When Lawrence, who is almost 20 years younger than Buccigross, rebuffed him during a visit to his home, the suit says, he told her something he said he'd never told anyone - not even his ex-wife: he was a sexual assault victim.

Lawrence claims that Hill flagged the phone message to ESPN bosses, but no action was ever taken.

"In 21 years of being a PROFESSIONAL I have never been more offended in my life", Coachman wrote. "It certainly wasn't my intent".

Former SNY and current ESPN announcer Chris Cotter is also accused of trying to kiss Lawrence but she rebuffed him, according to the suit.

Lawrence's suit also claimed that sportscaster Chris Berman left a threatening and racially charged voicemail for correspondent Jemele Hill, which the sports journalist quickly turned to Twitter to refute.

The situation with the producer was not the only problem, Lawrence claims.

In December, Lawrence filed a complaint against ESPN with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, which named anchor John Buccigross and National Football League fantasy analyst Matthew Berry.

Buccigross then did something the suit claims is a common practice at the network - he spread false rumors that Lawrence was "sleeping her way to the top".