LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Kings today announced the firing of the man who portrayed team mascot “Bailey,'' following an investigation into a sexual harassment allegation.
“Today the L.A. Kings terminated the employment of Tim Smith,'' according to a statement from the Kings. “We are not in a position to provide further details or comments on this matter due to pending litigation.''
In August, TMZ reported that a female former member of the Kings' Ice Crew had filed a lawsuit accusing Smith of harassing her with sexually charged comments and unwanted advances. She also claimed Smith, who oversaw the Ice Crew, fired her when she resisted his advances, TMZ reported.
The Kings issued a statement at the time that did not name Smith, but said the team “takes these allegations very seriously and, as an organization, we believe that everyone has the right to work in an environment free from any form of harassment or discrimination.''
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