NFL quarterback Brett Favre is allegedly being sued for sexual harassment by two former New York Jets massage therapists, Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole.
Scavo and O’Toole have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Favre, the Jets and Lisa Ripi, who performs massage and acupuncture for the team. The Jets and Ripi are included in the lawsuit because the women blame the organization and work environment as well. The women describe the team locker room and training camp facility as “a hotbed of sexual harassment, sexism and inappropriate behavior.”
Scavo says Favre texted an “unnamed woman”, writing, “Brett here, you and Crissy want to get together, I’m all alone,” and she says he sent another text that read, “Kinda lonely tonight, I guess I have bad intentions.”
According to Scavo, Favre “eyed her like a hanging slab of beef.” She says she told her husband about the harassment, who confronted Favre and demanded an apology. The lawsuit claims Favre refused to apologize. Scavo and O’Toole say because of the incidents they “were never again called to provide massage therapy for the Jets” and that a Jets employee told O’Toole: “Chrissy and you will never work for the Jets again.” and “Keep your mouth shut.”
Just last week, Favre was fined $50,000 by the NFL in relation to a sexual harassment investigation involving former NY Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
Scavo and O’Toole are said to be seeking monetary damages. Favre, the Jets and the NFL have not yet commented on this lawsuit.