Former Jets massage therapists suing Favre

Two former Jets massage therapists are suing Brett Favre, the team and their former boss for...

Two former Jets massage therapists are suing Brett Favre, the team and their former boss for incidents that took place while the quarterback played for New York. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters file photo)

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In the aftermath of a sexting scandal that some would say tarnished the legacy of Brett Favre, two women have filed a sexual harassment suit against the NFL quarterback.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole, both former massage therapists for the New York Jets, filed the suit against Favre Monday in New York’s Supreme Court. The Jets and Lisa Ripi, a woman who hires massage therapists for the team, were also named in the suit.

Favre was fined $50,000 last week for not cooperating with the NFL during the league’s investigation into suggestive emails that he allegedly sent to Jets’ game-day reporter Jenn Sterger in 2008. The NFL couldn’t conclude whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy but still fined him.

On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback was inactive for what he says is his final NFL game.

In the suit filed Monday, Scavo claims Favre pursued a threesome with her and another therapist.

Favre allegedly texted the unidentified woman, “Brett here you and crissy want to get together im all alone.” He allegedly sent another text saying, "Kinda lonely tonight I guess I have bad intentions."

Scavo’s husband, Joseph, confronted Favre and demanded an apology, but Favre "responded in an inappropriate manner and refused," according to the suit.

In telephone calls, Ripi, then-boss of both plaintiffs, allegedly told O'Toole, "keep your mouth shut" and "Chrissy and you will never work for the Jets again."

Ripi also acknowledged Favre's inappropriate behaviour in a message to O'Toole.

"For sure feel horrible that u had to go thru that w a pervert...however I truly wish u wldve came forward at the time it happened," Ripi allegedly wrote.

Ripi made good on the threat and the plaintiffs were never called to work for the Jets again, according to the suit.

On October 10, 2010, soon after the media began reporting on the Jenn Sterger case, Ripi allegedly sent a text message to Scavo.

"I've been up there 13 yrs without anything that happened to me on tmz...cuz it was handled internally the way it shd be,” the message said, according to the suit

The suit describes the Jets locker room as "a hot bed of sexual harassment, sexism and inappropriate behavior," and most of the team’s massage therapists are young women.

Said Eilender in a statement to ABC News, "I suspect that this case is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to the harassment and discrimination experienced by women working for NFL teams and their players as well as all of men's professional sports. I hope that Ms. Scavo's and Ms. O'Toole's courage to bring this suit will empower other women to come forward without fear of retaliation and retribution in order to protect their livelihoods and self-respect."


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