Peyton Manning’s accuser speaks out about alleged sexual harassment in 1996

Jamie Naughright. (YouTube / CBS News)

In the wake of the onslaught of sexual assault and harassment allegations continuing to emerge against Harvey Weinstein, many other women in all walks of life are coming forward with their experiences of being subjected to sexual misconduct. Monday, on CBS This Morning, Deborah Norville showed a portion of an interview with Jamie Naughright, who has made claims of sexual misconduct against legendary former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning in the past. Naughright says she’s been inspired by all of the women speaking out against Weinstein to come forward and publicly speak about what happened in a locker room in 1996 at the University of Tennessee when Manning was a star quarterback there.

Naughright was working as an athletic trainer at the time and treating Manning’s injured foot. She says Manning, who was 19 and an All-American player headed for the NFL, committed a disgusting act, which she later filed a lawsuit over. “I felt something on my face and Peyton had pulled his shorts down and sat his anus and his testicles on my face,” Naughright told Norville. “So I pushed him up and out. He turned around, pulled his shorts back up.”

Manning has said that no such thing occurred, and admitted to having briefly mooned a teammate who was also present. Norville dug up video of Manning’s 2003 deposition about the incident, in which he tells his side of the story. “I briefly pulled down my pants to so-called ‘moon’ him. One second, one and a half seconds,” Manning said in the deposition. “Pulled my pants back up and continued with Jamie examining my foot.”

“That’s a lie,” Naughright said about Manning’s denial. “I was repulsed. I was scared. I was intimidated. … It was definitely a predator — intimidating, anger, violent eyes that he had.”

Manning’s attorney, in a statement to CBS News, maintained that the NFL great did nothing wrong, and pointed to Naughright’s changing story as evidence of false claims.

“Peyton Manning has been absolutely clear: Jamie Naughright’s accusations are false. When her claims were first investigated 21 years ago, she told a very different story. Her current account was invented several years later in connection with her first of several groundless litigations against Peyton. Most recently, she left Peyton’s mother a vulgar and extremely disturbing voicemail. Ms. Naughright should stop this abusive behavior.”

Naughright said her story changed because she was told not to report the incident to police or the media at the time. Watch a portion of the interview with below.

Read the full story at Inside Edition.


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