Nyet Suit: US women's Olympic & Lady Huskies basketball coach Geno Auriemma, sued over Rejected Advances

University of Connecticut and U.S. women's Olympic basketball coach Geno Auriemma has been sued by 46-year-old Kelley Hardwick - a former NYPD detective and NBA security official. Hardwick claims in a suit filed in state Suprememe Court in Manhattan that she was not on the security detail for the London Games because she spurned Geno's advances during a 2009 trip to Russia.

The lawsuit says Auriemma stalked, assaulted, and battered Harwick by following her to her room, grabbing her arm and trying to kiss her on the mouth while on that trip. "Plaintiff was startled but, utilizing her training as a police officer...she shoved him away and said, 'What are you doing? You better check yourself before you get hurt!'"

Hardwick is suing Auriemma, the NBA, and USA Basketball.

Hardwick, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages as well as back pay, claims she was paid less than male colleagues with similar titles and less experience.

Hardwick said she would not have taken the action had Auriemma not tried to have her removed from her job before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She was a security officer at the 2004 and 2008 Games.


“I was unaware of this lawsuit until hearing about it through a media report [yesterday] and will therefore have no comment,” Auriemma said in the statement released through UConn.

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