Masseuse Alleges Sexual Assault and Trafficking by James Dolan

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The CEO of Sphere Entertainment, with a venue in Las Vegas, has been accused of sex trafficking and repeated sexual assault of a young woman.

 Harvey Weinstein, left and James Dolan
Harvey Weinstein, left, and James Dolan, at a social occasion. The two are named as defendants in a lawsuit which claims they sexually assaulted a woman. (Image: Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the victim, Kellye Croft, filed a sensational lawsuit in California federal court. Allegations claim that Sphere CEO James Dolan and embattled former film producer, Harvey Weinstein, were involved in the scandal.

Croft, a licensed massage therapist who worked for the Eagles rock band, gave Dolan a massage when the two were on a concert tour in 2013. Dolan then was part of a band, JD & The Straight Shot, which opened for the Eagles.

The massage was not particularly troublesome, until Croft tried to end it. Dolan treated Croft’s “resistance as part of a challenge or a game,” the suit claims.

Dolan then “grabbed Ms. Croft’s hands, dragging her to a couch in the same room and forcing her hands between his knees as he sat down… Dolan was extremely assertive, and pressured Ms. Croft into unwanted sexual intercourse with him.”

Later on the concert tour, Croft often was called to Dolan’s room.

On each of these occasions, Dolan made unwelcome advances toward Ms. Croft, and she felt obligated to submit to sex with him,” the suit said.

In 2014, Croft again joined the tour in Los Angeles. Dolan allegedly trafficked her.

While in California, Croft returned to a hotel to find Weinstein in the building.

While in his hotel suite, Weinstein tried “to intimidate Ms. Croft into giving him a naked massage on his bed, at one point physically preventing her from leaving his room.”

Weinstein followed Croft to her room, and sexually assaulted her, the suit claims.

Emotional Trauma

Attorney Douglas H. Wigdor is one of the lawyers representing Croft. In a statement provided by his office, Croft said,

“I have suffered so profoundly because of what James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein did to me years ago, and it was not an easy decision to come forward and seek justice.  But for me, to truly address my trauma, I need to seek accountability.”

“James Dolan manipulated me, brought me to California to abuse me, and then set me up for a vicious attack by Weinstein.  My hope is that my lawsuit will force Dolan to acknowledge what he did to me and to take responsibility for the harm he has caused.”

Croft is seeking monetary damages in a jury trial.

Negated Claims

In a statement given to on Wednesday, Dolan’s attorney, E. Danya Perry, said, “There is absolutely no merit to any of the allegations against Mr. Dolan.”

Kellye Croft and James Dolan had a friendship. The references to Harvey Weinstein are simply meant to inflame and appear to be plagiarized from prior cases against Mr. Weinstein. These claims reflect an act of retaliation by an attorney who has brought multiple cases against Mr. Dolan and has not won, and cannot win, a judgment against him. Mr. Dolan always believed Ms. Croft to be a good person and is surprised she would agree to these claims. Bottom line, this is not a he said/she said matter and there is compelling evidence to back up our position.”

Jennifer Bonjean, an attorney representing Weinstein, who is in prison, said he “vehemently denies these meritless allegations,” CNN reported.

Dolan is also the chairman and CEO of Madison Square Garden Sports, the group that manages the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

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