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Ewing denies harassing stewardesses

April 17, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Patrick Ewing denies any sexual harassment of two flight attendants who quit working on the New York Knicks’ private jet.

``Allegations have been made against me and my teammates which I feel compelled to respond to immediately,″ Ewing said in a statement issued Wednesday. ``These charges have no merit and are absolutely false. I have no idea why anybody would be motivated to make these outrageous claims.″

The New York Post reported the women’s allegations Wednesday. They claim they were harassed by Ewing and another team member.

The Post today said that other player was Charley Oakley, citing sources it did not identify.

In resignation letters sent two weeks ago, the women alleged they were repeatedly touched, verbally abused and pushed. The women, who have not been identified publicly, were the only attendants on Knicks flights over the past three seasons.

``Throughout my career,″ Ewing said. ``I have worked closely with countless men and women. I have always maintained professional and respectful relationships with these people and have never been accused of improper conduct.

``On the contrary, anyone who truly knows me or has been connected with my career knows that I treats everyone in the most responsible, truthful and professional manner.″

The NBA club’s parent organization, ITT, said the women had made no previous complaints.

``We’re investigating why the flight crew members resigned and until we’re through with a thorough internal review we’ll have no further comment,″ said Chris Weiller, a spokesman for the Knicks.

A stewardess not involved in the allegations said she had no problem with Ewing, Oakley or their teammates on the flights.

``I have never worked for a sweeter, less demanding bunch of guys. They treated me like a lady,`` the woman told the Post. She asked that her name not be used.

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