The man who plays the part of Los Angeles Kings' mascot "Bailey" is being sued.
The lawsuit alleges "Bailey" groped the buttocks of a former Staples Center dishwasher in 2016 as reported by ABC News.
The Kings issued a statement regarding the situation:
"We are aware of the lawsuit filed by Mr. Griffin against AEG, Levy Restaurants, Compass Group and Tim Smith. The allegations which are the subject of the lawsuit were thoroughly investigated nearly a year ago when they were first raised by this plaintiff. Those allegations were then --- just as they are now--- without any merit. Mr. Smith is an active figure in this community and a positive representative of our organization. We will vigorously defend ourselves in this matter."
The plaintiff says the incident took place in an elevator and that he was fired two days later he launched a complaint with human resources. He claims Smith put one hand on his shoulder and squeezed his buttocks with the other.
The lawsuit also points out that his coworkers made fun of the incident asking "Was his hand furry?"
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