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Tom Arnold Sued for Alleged Harassment

May 1, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A hairstylist on Fox Sports Network’s ``The Best Damn Sports Show Period,″ has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against hosts Tom Arnold and former NBA player John Salley, along with several others involved with the show.

Lisa Brescher says she began working for the sports talk show in August 2001, and from the first day ``was subjected to an environment of unrestrained sexual harassment,″ according to a Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The 29-year-old left on a disability claim in February, the lawsuit says; it was unknown whether the disability was because of the alleged harassment or some other injury. She’s seeking unspecified damages.

Phone messages left after hours Wednesday for Arnold’s publicist and for a 20th Century Fox spokesman weren’t immediately returned. Fox parent News Corp. and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, also are named as defendants.

Brescher claims that Arnold, the show’s executive producer, and Salley, who won championships with the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, made unwelcome sexual advances.

The lawsuit states that when Brescher made her feelings known about Arnold’s alleged advances, he replied that ``he didn’t care.″ It also claims that Arnold, 44, branded her ``a troublemaker″ and banned her from the set so she couldn’t do her job.

When Brescher filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Arnold allegedly retaliated by taking her off her ``lucrative Sunday shift.″

The lawsuit states Salley ``regularly pawed (and) groped″ her and made unwelcome references to his sexual prowess. It also claims that Salley, 38, made suggestive comments and ``leered″ at her.

Other employees also made unwanted advances, Brescher claims, but the alleged actions of Arnold and Salley were most egregious.

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