Jemele Hill is denying claims made by former colleague Adrienne Lawrence. In a new sexual harassment suit against ESPN, Lawrence claims that Hill received a “racially disparaging voicemail” from anchor Chris Berman, something Hill shared via Twitter never happened. She also questions Lawrence’s motives, as she was shocked to know the former ESPN employee would use her name for personal gain.
Re: Chris Berman pic.twitter.com/p7NqjHiV7r
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 6, 2018
Learn more about the suit below.
ORIGINAL STORY: 3/6/2018
Former ESPN anchor and legal analyst Adrienne Lawrence filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the network Sunday, including allegations that the company’s human resources department “colluded” in its corrupt ways.
According to documents obtained by The Connecticut Law Tribune, male executives would “keep ‘scoreboards’ naming female colleagues they are targeting for sex.” The suit also alleges men would openly watch porn on their work computers and make lewd comments in her presence, including wondering what singer Rihanna must “taste like,” the NY Post reports. The lawsuit contains a total of 85 pages worth of accusations, dating back to 2015.
ESPN has responded to the allegations, telling Fox News in a statement:
“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.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.