WASHINGTON — The Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder was accused of sexual assault in 2009, according to details reported Tuesday by the Washington PostThe team obtained a letter from an attorney.
Snyder was accused of sexually harassing and attacking a woman on a team plane in 2009. She was later paid $1.6million by the team to settle. The Post reported the settlement and allegations against the woman in December 2020. However, the Post did not disclose specific details.
The settlement was disclosed in legal documents relating to the team’s recent investigations. As part of the settlement, the woman agreed to not sue the team nor publicly disclose her allegations.
Snyder denied the woman’s claims, according to the attorney’s correspondence. A team investigation also found that Snyder had accused Snyder of fabricating the claims in an effort to extort her.
The contents were revealed a day ahead of a hearing scheduled by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. It is investigating the workplace culture of the Washington team. Snyder declined the invitation to testify by the committee, and Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, is scheduled to testify remotely.
Snyder was fined by the NFL for $10 million and has since resigned from its day-today operations. An investigation by Beth Wilkinson found a culture in the workplace that was abusive to women. The league refused to release a written report from Wilkinson’s findings.
Since then, the committee has discovered that Snyder was accused of sexual harassment. Snyder was accused of groping a former employee at the team dinner and trying to force her into his limousine. Snyder denied these claims.
This triggered a new investigation by the NFL into the team. It was led by Mary Jo White who is a former U.S. Attorney and chairwoman of Securities and Exchange Commission. White is also investigating claims that White, a former vice president for sales, made financial improprieties. White’s findings will be published by the NFL, according to White.
Howard Shapiro, an attorney from WilmerHale, wrote the letter to the Post. He had assisted the team in investigating the woman’s claims. Shapiro wrote that the woman’s accusations were “false.” “knowingly false.”He declined to comment on the Post.
According to the letter Snyder was accused by the woman of asking her for sex and groping her.
The letter stated that no other passengers on the flight supported the woman’s account. Others stated that the door to a back section of the plane was always open, and that there were many passengers and flight attendants in that area.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press.