Saying she felt a need in the wake of recent Hollywood sexual harassment scandals, the woman who accused former NFL start Peyton Manning of sexually harassing her at the University of Tennessee spoke on the matter for the first time since 1996 in an “Inside Edition” interview that aired Tuesday.
University of Tennessee athletic trainer Jamie Naughright spoke out against Manning regarding an incident in February of 1996 when he was the star quarterback on the university’s football team.
Naughright claims Manning placed his anus, testicles, and penis on her head while she was examining his foot. Manning has denied the accusation, and his enormous name brand has largely kept the incident out of headlines. But this week, Naughright felt the need to remind the public.
“The reason why I’m here today is due to the courage and bravery that the women have come forward with the Harvey Weinstein, the survivors and the victims,” Naughright told Inside Edition. “And that is really what has brought me here today to discuss that issue.”
[Manning] “pulled his shorts down and put his anus and testicles on my face,” Naughright said on Feb. 29, 1996. The athletic trainer was examining the quarterback’s foot at the time when the alleged incident occurred.
Manning denied the allegations and insisted he was “mooning” a friend in the locker room.
The interview had an exclusive clip of Manning’s deposition, showing the then-19-year-old college quarterback telling his side of the story.
“I briefly pulled down my pants to so-called ‘moon’ him,” Manning said in the deposition. “One second, one and a half seconds. Pulled my pants back up and continued with Jamie’s examination of the bottom of my foot.”
“I was repulsed. I was scared. I was intimidated,” she said. “It was definitely a predator — intimidating, anger, violent eyes that he had.”
The trainer said she filed a report with a crisis center that handled sexual assault allegations and told the counselor she “feared for her job, worried and feared for her life.”
“My boss, when I called him that night, really realized that this was a serious situation,” Naughright said. “This was a sexual assault and he informed me not to call the police or press.”
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 30, 2017
— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) October 31, 2017
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