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Massage therapists sue Favre, N.Y. Jets

From Nina Golgowski, CNN
Quarterback Brett Favre has announced that he is retiring from the National Football League.
Quarterback Brett Favre has announced that he is retiring from the National Football League.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Quarterback Brett Favre and the New York Jets face a lawsuit by two massage therapists
  • Women allege sexual harassment, job discrimination after objecting to text messages
  • Attorney for the Jets says the case is without merit
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New York (CNN) -- Embattled quarterback Brett Favre is facing new sexual allegations after two massage therapists filed lawsuits against him and the New York Jets football organization, where he was formerly employed.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole say they were subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination when Favre was part of that team, according to the complaint filed Monday.

The pair say they lost their jobs as part-time massage therapists after objecting to sexually suggestive text messages he sent in 2008.

They filed a lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court naming Favre, the New York Jets and Lisa Ripi, the person in charge of hiring massage therapists, according to the complaint.

The team issued a response Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, the plaintiffs never reported the allegations to the Jets, either during or after the conclusion of their work," according to a statement from the team's legal counsel, Gary H. Glaser. "The case against the Jets is completely without merit, and we look forward to defending the matter in court, where we are confident that the Jets will prevail."

According to the complaint, the two women say Favre sent messages that read: "Brett here you and crissy want to get together I'm all alone" and "Kinda lonely tonight I guess I have bad intentions."

Favre, who has announced that he is retiring from the National Football League, could not be reached immediately for comment.

He had earlier been fined $50,000 by the league for failing to cooperate with an investigation into whether he sent sexually explicit messages in a separate incident.

However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, based on the evidence available, "could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct," the league said.

Favre was alleged to have sent inappropriate messages to Jenn Sterger, a female employee of the New York Jets, while he was on the Jets roster in 2008.

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