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Brett Favre sued by Christina Scavo, Shannon O'Toole for sexual harassment

Brett Favre sued for sexual harassment Brett Favre was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit Monday from massage therapists Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole, just days after the conclusion of an NFL investigation into lewd text messages and explicit pictures allegedly sent to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when she and Favre were both on the New York Jets payroll.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback on Sunday announced his retirement (again) from professional football, after not playing in the Vikings' game against the Detroit Lions.

Scavo and O'Toole allege that while they were working for the Jets during training camp in 2008, Favre sent text messages to a fellow massage therapist, hinting at a threesome with Scavo and saying he was "lonely" and had "bad intentions." They also allege that a Jets coordinator told one of the women in October she and the others should keep their mouths shut, and that they would never work for the Jets again. The lawsuit was filed Monday in New York against Favre, the Jets and Lisa Ripi, the woman who coordinated massage therapists during training camp.

The Favre-Sterger investigation resulted only in a $50,000 fine against the $16-million-a-year quarterback for failing to play nice with the league during the probe -- a penalty that had Leo Sterger, Jenn's dad, "absolutely furious."

"I better not meet that guy down a dark alley," papa Sterger told Radar Online on Friday, adding that his daughter felt vindicated and was doing well. And that he thought the fine was a "complete joke."

Scavo's husband approached Favre after the "bad intentions" texts were sent, telling him to back off, with the quarterback responding "inappropriately" and refusing to apologize, the suit alleges. O'Toole and Scavo were not called back to work for the Jets after Favre was confronted, the suit says.

Also cited are texts allegedly sent by Ripi to Scavo in October (when the Sterger scandal broke), which said in part, referring to Favre, "For sure feel horrible that u had to go thru that w a pervert ... however I truly with u wldvd came forward at the time it happened ... you sureley wldve gotten the treatment you were looking for in the moment. He was wrong on all counts ... and we cldve helped you a lot more at that time."

"i've been up there 13 yrs without anything that happened to me on tmz ... cuz it was hanndled internally the way it shd be," read another alleged Ripi text. "And ur husband shlve repsected the fact that the jets wldvd ttakecare of it. All this nonsense is unecessary. He is what he is ... and I won't take that back," the message said, apparently referring at the end to Scavo's husband, whom Ripi had previously called the unprintable equivalent of a jerk.

Ripi called it "questionable" that Scavo had held onto the Favre messages for two years, the suit says.

The suit alleges that Ripi phoned O'Toole, who had introduced Scavo to the Jets organization, and told her to "keep your mouth shut" and that she'd "never work for the Jets again."

The suit also states that the Jets do not have an appropriate anti-sexual harassment policy in place, and includes this smile-inducing simile regarding the NFL's investigation of Favre:

"The conduct of the Jets and the NFL is tantamount to the scene in the movie 'Casablanca' where the police captain, while pocketing his winnings at the roulette wheel stated, 'I am shocked, shocked, to find gambling going on in this establishment.' "

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre talks to the media after the Vikings' game against the Detroit Lions on Jan. 2, 2011. Credit: Rebecca Cook / Reuters

 
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Wow, someone needs to learn how to type. Where in the heck did this article writer go to college at?

Looks like Opie lost his clean cut image...

Susan Lucci... if you are going to make comments regarding the writer of this article... you should have written a proper sentence. Really? Ending the sentence with "at?".... c'mon now....

Oh Susan Lucci... here is a grammar lesson for you.. for free.. that's called: "Ending your sentence with a proposition" and that sweetie is incorrect ;)

***Hugs***

These women are a great argument against equal opportunity employment. It is because of crap like this that employers in male-dominated industries are reluctant to hire females. Seriously, what did they expect when they chose to work with highly paid, testosterone-driven, male athletes?! As a professional female in the sports entertainment industry, I was fully aware of the "hazards" of the job before I began my career. If these women can't handle the minor BS that comes with their amazing jobs, they should find a new career path, or go work with the WNBA, and stop ruining the advancement opportunities of those of us that can. I realize that phones can do some amazing things, but unless there is suddenly a way for a text to leap out of a phone and rape someone, there are plenty of free apps in the appstore, with which to BLOCK unwanted texts, without ruining anybody's career, or setting your gender back 50 years. THEY ARE TEXT MESSAGES! GET OVER IT!

Those are text messages, Susan.

Brett Favre's actions during the last several years regarding his overall career decisions and personal life are very disturbing to say the least. He's not lived up to the expectations of a professional football player, especially a team leader; one who's #1 priority should be setting a good example not only for his team, and the league, but for the fans and young people who look up to him. He should face consequences for his actions and obviously the NFL is not willing to do that (Big Surprise NOT).

I'm sure he's probably going through a mid-life crises or something of that nature. He's not happy - that's been easy to see for sometime.

However, as a female, I'll take this opportunity to remind all other women out there; If you advertise your sexy by posting scantly clad photos of yourself online, dress that way in public, pose nude or partially nude for magazines especially sports mags, then you'd better expect men to come running for some of that action.

So don't get all bent out of shape when come-ons happen. Respectfully decline the offers and get on with your life. If that means losing a great job in the process, so be it. Just be thankful you haven't been stalked by an even weirder "pervert" who may not take "no" for an answer.


Those massage ladies want vindication, or cash?

Sounds like alot of gold brickers and it is my opinion that any woman who poses in playboy is a bit lower than a woman should be. I think it is a shame for females to get back at guys when they (women) are not living examples that would be good for young people to emulate, especially young girls. When these scandals break, the thing to do is follow the money. I refuse to believe anything these kind of people say and half of what I see. I am 58 years old and have seen it all and it is the same old crap. If everyone in the world made the same income there would be no lawsuits.

@GarnetLight, it's not really that huge a leap from sending unwanted text messages with pictures of your male anatomy, to in-person harrassment, to acquaintance rape. If the NFL doesn't curtail the behavior, where does it end and what becomes acceptable? Would Favre be OK with such texts being sent to his wife or his daughter? Being in a "male-dominated field" is no excuse, and you seem to be the one setting your gender back 50 years.

I find most of the apologia for Favre's actions absurd. This has nothing to do with his private morals or what consensual shenanigans he has been up to, it's about him making unwelcome and harassing comments to female employees of the company he works for, and the company failing to take proper investigation and action against him. It's not appropriate at Starbucks and it isn't appropriate in this field either.

The vast majority of athletes (even those who are promiscuous) don't have sexual harassments lawsuits filed against them. Why aren't these so called gold diggers going after them? Simply because those athletes were not harassing employees of the franchise that they work for.

But it's easier to bleat 'gold digger' or 'what did you expect if you dressed like this/worked for this company/posed nude for photos that had nothing to do with this job' than to apply professional ethics to this situation. Remember, if you're an attractive man working for a large company, you shouldn't be surprised if higher ranking employees of the company send photos of their genitals to you, or ask if you and another coworker would participate in a threesome. You're attractive, and some men are pigs and can't control their gross behavior, so it's no big deal. You should just take this in stride, especially because the harassing employee is well paid and is considered a more valuable asset to the business.

If you lose your job that supports you because you dared to complain about the unsolicited behavior "so be it" -- after all, it's easy to find employment in this economy and it's absolutely ethical that you lose your position and income (and most likely good references from it) while the pic flasher/threesome suggester keeps his.

I'm sure Favre's supporters would be fine with happening to them at their job. They'd just accept that they brought the pics or threesome comments on themselves somehow, pack up their things, and merrily skip away from their jobs, because they don't have to worry about supporting themselves or paying for their housing.


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