A Clarence native and alumna of the University at Buffalo has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against retired National Football League star Warren Moon.
Haskell, 32, joined Sports 1 Marketing as an executive assistant to Moon in July.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. After college, Haskell worked as a sideline reporter and color commentator for Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
In May 1995, a Vikings cheerleader sued Moon and accused him of sexual harassment, alleging that he offered her cash for sex. He played 10 seasons for the Houston Oilers, three seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and spent two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seahawks.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is the latest male celebrity to be hit by sexual harassment allegations. Moon is the co-founder and president of the company. The suit further accuses Moon of pulling off the woman's bathing suit after slipping a drug into her drink during a separate trip to Mexico in October.
According to the lawsuit, Haskell was hired as an executive assistant to Moon in the summer of 2017.
Though Moon has been accused of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse before, this is the first time he has gone under the spotlight in the post-Weinstein era of hyper-awareness towards powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women.
After news of Haskell's lawsuit against Moon broke Wednesday afternoon, the Seahawks issued a statement granting Moon a leave of absence and replacing him with Dave Wyman on their radio broadcast of this Sunday's Seahawks game in Jacksonville, Fla. The woman claimed she traveled with him for speaking engagements, charity events and personal appearances, according to the lawsuit.
"Whenever [the assistant] expressed reservations about these outrageous "job duties, ' Moon insisted this was "just the way it is, ' and threatened [the assistant] that unless she was 'comfortable" with him, he'd 'find someone else who was.' Moon insisted these 'requirements" were part of the job, and made clear that [the assistant]'s employment depended on her acceptance and compliance with Moon's lascivious behavior, demands and orders".
Moon threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns in the regular season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. Moon played six years in the Canadian Football League after starring at the University of Washington.
Haskell's attorney, Diane L. Fitzgerald, told The Washington Post her client had made a decision to go public with the suit.