The man who appears at Los Angeles Kings games as team mascot “Bailey” was sued Wednesday by a dishwasher for allegedly groping the defendant’s buttocks in a Staples Center elevator in 2016. Maso Griffin’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Tim Smith and his employer, Kings’ owner Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., as well as Levy Restaurants Inc. and Compass Group USA, which both provide food services to Staples Center. The suit seeks unspecified damages. Smith did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment. A spokesman for the Kings said team officials have not seen the lawsuit and could not comment. The suit states that Griffin worked for Levy Restaurants and that Smith wears the lion costume and Kings jersey with the number 72 as the team’s mascot “Bailey.” Smith is married to Melissa Smith, Levy’s director of human resources, according to the complaint.
NHL staffer sues ‘Bailey the Lion’ for allegedly groping his butt
L.A. Daily News | Nov 24