Gloria Allred will have yet another NFL sexual assault claim to talk about when she meets with Roger Goodell’s sex-crimes adviser in New York on Wednesday. C.J. Spillman, the player Allred accused of a recent sexual assault in a Sept. 26 letter to the NFL, also allegedly attempted to rape a Bay Area massage therapist last year, according to police reports reviewed by the Daily News. Spillman was a member of the 49ers at the time of the earlier incident. Last December the woman told police in Santa Clara, Calif., that Spillman, now a special teams player with the Dallas Cowboys, groped her and tried to rip off her pants after she gave him in a sports massage at her studio. He also pinned her on the ground and tried to put his penis in her mouth, the woman said, according to a police report. “He was trying to rape me!” the alleged victim told police. Spillman vehemently denied the woman’s account when interviewed by police a few days after the incident. He acknowledged that he had fondled her through her clothing but said it was consensual and did nothing “forceful.” He said he did not demand oral sex. “He said he did not pin her down,” police said in the report. Spillman was never charged as a result of the report the woman filed with Santa Clara police. Allred is scheduled to meet with Lisa Friel on Wednesday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan to discuss how the NFL investigates and disciplines players accused of sexual assault and other violent crimes against women. The NFL announced on Sept. 15 that Friel, the former chief of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex-crimes unit and now a vice president at a New York security firm called T&M Protection Resources, would advise the commissioner on criminal cases and violations of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. The NFL invited Allred to meet with Friel after she sent a letter to the league that said she represented another woman who says Spillman raped her on Sept. 20 at the Cowboys’ team hotel in Grapevine, Tex. Allred’s client told law-enforcement officials on Sept. 20 — just one day after Goodell promised at a New York press conference to get tough with players accused of violent crimes — that she had been raped by an NFL player who was allowed to play the next day, Sept. 21.
Cowboys' C.J. Spillman faces new woes as police say he was accused of rape in 2013
New York Daily News | Oct 10