The Minneapolis-St. Paul Vikings fan who posted a Facebook status saying she was sexually harassed by a fellow fan is suing the team and the fan’s former boyfriend for defamation.
The complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota charges that the fan, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, “repeatedly lied to [the victim] that she had been sexually harassed, made unwanted sexual advances toward her and physically assaulted her.”
The victim told the Associated Press she filed a police report in 2014 after being sexually harassed.
The Vikings did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.
“The Plaintiff repeatedly made the false allegations against her former boyfriend to others,” the lawsuit states.
“She also engaged in conduct that led to him being charged with aggravated sexual battery.”
The lawsuit says the victim, who also identified herself as a former Vikings fan, said she met the woman, now married and living in Alabama, on Facebook.
She and the man, who identifies himself as the other man in the suit, had a falling out over the alleged incident in November 2016.
They have since separated.
The lawsuit alleges that the victim filed the lawsuit after a judge in Alabama suspended the player’s suspension, which is still in place.
The lawsuit says she filed it in the hopes that the player would be reinstated.
The woman filed the complaint after hearing the Associated Media article and seeing it in news outlets around the world, according to the complaint.
It is unclear whether the lawsuit will move forward.
The Associated Press could not immediately reach a reporter for comment.
The NFL said in a statement that it has been in communication with the woman and the victim.
“Our safety and well-being is our number one priority and our players have a responsibility to keep our fans safe,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in the statement.
“The safety of our players and fans is our highest priority.
We’re confident the process is fair, and we are evaluating it in accordance with the law.”
In addition to the lawsuit, the NFL is seeking $250,000 in compensatory damages and $150,000 punitive damages.
It is also seeking a court order preventing the victim from sharing the plaintiff’s name with others.