The woman accusing Luke Walton of a 2014 sexual assault said Tuesday that she was terrified the NBA coach was going to rape her and that it took her so long to publicize the allegations because she was scared.
Kelli Tennant -- a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, the Lakers' regional sports network -- spoke with media during a news conference Tuesday in Los Angeles after a civil lawsuit alleging that Walton sexually assaulted her was accepted by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Tennant alleges that Walton, then an assistant with the Golden State Warriorswho was in Los Angeles on a road trip, sexually assaulted her in a Santa Monica, California, hotel room, which her attorney says happened in 2014.
"This type of behavior cannot be condoned, and no woman should ever be made to feel like a victim," Tennant said Tuesday.
Tennant had a working relationship with Walton stemming from his time as a guest analyst on Spectrum. In the lawsuit, she alleges that she met with him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel to drop off a copy of her book, "a guide for student-athletes making the transition into a world after sports," for which he wrote the foreword.
Tennant alleges that Walton invited her up to his room, where he pinned her to the bed and forcibly kissed and groped her.
"Out of nowhere, he got on top of me and pinned me down to the bed and held my arms down, with all his weight," she said of Walton, who was named head coach of the Sacramento Kings earlier this month. "He kissed my neck and my face and my chest. And as I kept asking him to please stop and to get off, he laughed at me.