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Kings coach Luke Walton says sex assault claim lacks facts

Sacramento Kings Introduces Luke Walton

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 15 : Vlade Divac introduces Luke Walton as the new Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings at a press conference on April 15, 2019 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says sexual assault allegations against him are not backed up by facts and are designed to attract media attention.

Walton made his comments in a court brief filed Wednesday in response to a lawsuit by sportscaster Kelli Tennant.

She has said Walton attacked her in 2014 when he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, but she was too afraid to file charges.

Tennant says Walton pinned her to a bed, forcibly kissed her and laughed when she asked him to get off her.

The court filing last week says the encounter was “very short, entirely pleasant and consensual,” and did not include raised voices or groping.

It characterizes the meeting as “platonic in nature.”

Tennant has spoken publicly about the situation at a news conference.