A woman accused Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder of sexually harassing and assaulting her on a team plane back in 2009. That woman was later paid $1.6 million by the team to settle her claims, according to a document obtained by the Washington Post.
According to legal documents obtained by The Washington Post, the woman alleged Snyder groped her, attempted to remove her clothes, and asked for sex. According to the letter, the woman “alleged the assault occurred in a private, partitioned area at the back of one of the team’s private planes during a return flight from a work trip to Las Vegas.”
The woman agreed not to sue the team or publicly disclose her allegations as part of the settlement.
Snyder denied the woman’s allegations, according to the letter, and a team investigation accused her of making up the claims in an attempt to extort him.
According to the Washington Post, the letter also makes no mention of NFL involvement in the team investigation.
The contents of this letter is coming out on the heels of a scheduled hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is investigating the Washington team’s workplace culture. Snyder has declined an invitation by the committee to testify, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was scheduled to testify remotely.
The NFL fined the team $10 million and Snyder stepped away from its day-to-day operations after an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson revealed a workplace culture that was abusive to women.
Snyder bought the Washington Commanders in May 1999.