Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Monta Ellis, Warriors Sued For Sexual Harassment By Former Employee

Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors are being sued for sexual harassment.

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Golden State Warriors Release Statement On Pending Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Golden State Warriors President & Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts has released a statement on behalf of the Warriors in regard to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Warriors guard Monta Ellis.

"The Golden State Warriors take seriously any allegations of harassment. Let me make this extremely clear: The Warriors strive every day to provide a comfortable and professional work environment for all of our employees.

When our new owners arrived in November 2010, we set a path for the organization to be the best in the NBA and an organization we are proud of. We are committed to achieving that goal and we work daily to ensure it happens.

When we were made aware of a consensual relationship between Mr. Ellis and the Plaintiff, we did what an organization should do. We told both to stop – promptly, directly and fairly. The Warriors have never taken any action against the Plaintiff for any inappropriate reason, and we deny the allegations she is making.

We live in a litigious society in which lawsuits too frequently are driven by money and not the pursuit of justice. We will vigorously defend the reputation of the Warriors organization in the courts. We don’t plan to make any further comment about the details of the case."

The interesting thing worth noting is that the Warriors refer to the relationship between Ellis and his accuser as a "consensual relationship." In the lawsuit, the accuser admits that there was no relationship between her and Ellis, only an illicit texting one.

The accuser alleges that the Warriors — who she believes were informed of Ellis' texting in January 2011 by Ellis' wife, Juanika — conspired to protect Ellis and cover up his harassment. The alleged incidents took place in November of 2010 and Ellis was married to Juanika in July of 2010.

For more on this story and the Warriors, head to Golden State of Mind.

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Monta Ellis Lawsuit: Former Employee Claims Warriors Covered Up Guard's Sexual Harassment

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis has been sued for sexual harassment by a woman who claims that he sexually harassed and stalked her for a period of about a month beginning in November 2010. The lawsuit against Ellis, filed in the Alameda County Courthouse on Wednesday, names Ellis and the Warriors as defendants, as well as Golden State owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley.

Erika Smith, a former Warriors community relations employee, claims that Ellis sent her dozens of unsolicited texts from a "secret cellular telephone" kept by a Golden State equipment manager that he had billed to his grandmother, including a picture of genitalia he claimed was of him. Smith further alleges that Ellis complained to Warriors management about her job performance after she would not reciprocate his attention.

Additionally, Smith alleges that the Warriors — who she believes were informed of Ellis' texting in January 2011 by Ellis' wife, Juanika — conspired to protect Ellis and cover up his harassment, by attempting to silence her by asking her to resign and promising her money if she chose to do so and failing to comply with regulations and laws governing investigation of sexual harassment.

Smith is seeking monetary, non-monetary and punitive remedies. No hearing date has been set in the case.

For more on this story and the Warriors, head to Golden State of Mind.

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Monta Ellis, Warriors To Be Sued For Sexual Harrassment

Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors are being sued for sexual harassment.

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