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Luke Walton accuser holds Tuesday news conference

Posted at 4:14 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 23:23:41-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The woman accusing San Diego native and Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton of sexual assault held a news conference Tuesday.

In the lawsuit, Kelli Tennant, a former Los Angeles sports broadcaster, accuses Walton of forcing himself on her at a hotel in Santa Monica in late 2014.

Tennant said during the news conference that she went to the hotel to drop off a copy of the book she wrote.

RELATED: San Diego native Luke Walton sued for sexual assault

When she arrived at the hotel, Tennant claims Walton convinced her to go up to his hotel room.

The lawsuit then claims that, once in the room, Walton pinned her to the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body, according to TMZ.

Tennant claims Walton then forcefully kissed her. She says Walton groped her breasts and groin and rubbed his groin on her leg as she screamed for him to stop.

The lawsuit says he eventually stopped and let her go but, as she walked away, he grabbed her from behind and again forced himself on her.

Tennant claims Walton finally released her, allowing her to leave. Click here to read the full complaint.

Mark Baute, Walton's attorney, released a statement saying: "The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible."

Watch Tuesday's news conference below: