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New report further alleges sexual misconduct during Snyder's ownership

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The Washington Post published another lengthy investigate story Wednesday that alleges further sexual harassment and misconduct throughout Dan Snyder's time as owner of the Washington Football Team.

This new story comes a little more than a month after a different Post piece that contained numerous sexual harassment allegations from 15 former team employees as well as two reporters. That article, however, didn't directly implicate Snyder in any of the allegations. Wednesday's, on the other hand, does.

One former cheerleader told the Post that Snyder approached her in 2004 while they were both at a charity event and asked her to meet Snyder's friend in a hotel room so the two could "get to know each other better." The cheerleader declined the suggestion and told three people afterward of the encounter, according to the Post's report.

Snyder did not comment on those allegations or any others made against him in the Post article.

Wednesday's investigation also accuses former radio play-by-play man Larry Michael, then a senior vice president in the organization, of requesting members of his staff produce explicit versions of 2008 and 2010 cheerleader calendar shoot videos for team executives. 

One of Michael's ex-staffers told the Post that Michael said that the video was "a special project" for "the owner." 

Michael denied claims regarding that video's creation.

 

Female employees of the organization were also instructed to avoid interaction with players whenever possible. An email from the organization's human resources department obtained by the Post reminded women in the building that they shouldn't be in the presence of any player.

Overall, the Post writes that "interviews with more than 100 current and former employees and a review of internal company documents and other records show that, in his 21 years of ownership, Snyder has presided over an organization in which women say they have been marginalized, discriminated against and exploited." 

After last month's Post story, the Washington Football Team hired a law firm to look into its culture in an effort to improve it. Michael retired just before its publication. The franchise has also since hired former NBC Sports Washington anchor/reporter Julie Donaldson, who's now serving as the senior vice president of media, and Jason Wright, who is the NFL's first Black team president.