The LA Kings’ mascot finds himself in hot water (ice?) after an Ice Crew employee accused him of sexually harassing her. Tim Smith, who suits up as Bailey the lion for Kings home games, is accused of continually making sexual jokes and staring inappropriately at the anonymous employee. The woman is suing Smith, as well as the Kings and ownership group AEG for more than $1 million, throwing the mascot into a whole different kind of suit.
Tim Smith, the LA Kings mascot, is accused of sexually harassing an Ice Crew employee
Mascots are always the life of the party at sporting events. The furry bundles of joy make timeouts and commercial breaks entertaining for fans attending games, but the LA Kings mascot has been up to no good behind closed doors.
Smith is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an Ice Crew member with the team, according to TMZ Sports. The woman, who came forward under the alias Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit claiming Smith constantly made inappropriate comments toward her and stared at “her breasts and buttocks.”
Smith doubles as the manager of the Kings’ Ice Crew, and Doe claims he fired her after she complained about the behavior.
The Kings have suspended Smith in light of the sexual harassment allegations
After learning of the sexual harassment allegations, the LA Kings are suspending Smith while they investigate the matter. The team did not specify how long Smith will be suspended or if he will be fired.
“We are aware of the recently-filed lawsuit alleging misconduct by one of our employees,” Kings officials told TMZ Sports. “The LA Kings take these allegations very seriously and, as an organization, we believe that everyone has the right to work in an environment free from any form of harassment or discrimination.”
“We will conduct a thorough investigation into this matter. The employee in question has been suspended, effective immediately, pending the conclusion of that investigation. We are withholding any further comment at this time.”
Along with the suspension, Smith is being sued by Doe for sexual harassment. She is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
This isn’t the first time Smith has been accused of sexual misconduct
Smith has been suspended by the team and is being sued by Doe, but this isn’t the first time he’s been sued for sexual misconduct. In 2017, a Staples Center dishwasher alleged Smith groped him while the two rode in an elevator together.
A man named Maso Griffin accused Smith of grabbing his shoulder and buttocks in a Staples Center elevator, and he eventually settled the lawsuit in 2018.
With Smith’s history of sexual misconduct and the new allegations as the Kings’ mascot, he might’ve served his last day as Bailey the lion.