Michael Irvin’s alleged sexual misconduct video was released on Tuesday (March 14), and he is elated that the Marriott hotel finally released the video.
Michael Irvin was released from his duties as an NFL analyst from the NFL Network and ESPN during the week of Super Bowl LVII because of the allegations of a female Marriott hotel employee who claimed he sexually harassed her.
His attorney Levi McCathern has been pleading with the Marriott hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, for weeks to release the video from February 5 so the video can validate that Michael did nothing wrong.
According to court documents filed last week, the Marriott claims the accuser said that Micheal asked her “whether she knew anything about having a ‘big Black man inside of her.’”
Michael denied making the comment.
“I don’t speak like that. I’ve never spoken like that. I totally deny saying that.”
He said he and the accuser only talked about football and the NFL Network and ESPN shows he was on.
The Marriott video footage supports Michael’s argument.
In the video footage, Michael Irvin appears to be having a friendly conversation with his accuser.
The only contact made in the video is when Michael appears to touch her left arm with his right hand, and she takes a step back.
Shortly after, she appears to make a joke, and Michael slightly bends over and laughs.
At the end of the conversation, she shakes his hand and walks away.
The accuser’s superior, who observed a majority of the conversation, appeared to be agitated that she was talking to Michael instead of working.
He intercepted her path as she walked away from Michael, and her superior said something to her before they walked off together.
Irvin’s attorney shared a copy of the video at a news conference with reporters after battling for weeks to get the Marriott to release the video.
Watch the video footage below:
After the video was played, Michaels’ attorney stated:
There’s no doubt from watching this, this woman is not offended.
This is not a sexual assault. This isn’t sexual harassment. This isn’t sexual misconduct.
He also said he believes the video shows the accuser was “happy as a lark” during the conversation.
The Marriott’s Account of Events:
According to attorneys for Marriott:
Taken aback by Irvin’s comments, the Victim responded that his comments were inappropriate, and she did not wish to discuss it further…Irvin then attempted to grab the Victim’s hand again and said he was ‘sorry if he brought up bad memories for her’…The Victim pulled her hand away and tried to back away from Irvin as he continued to move toward her.
…two other Hotel employees noticed that the Victim had a look of concern on her face…Irvin then stated that he would come back to find her sometime that week when she was working.
After Irvin finished leering at the Victim and turned back to Employee 1, he said aloud ‘she bad,’ ‘she bad… slapped himself in the face three times, saying ‘keep it together Mike.
Michael’s attorney said on Friday (March 10) that the allegations were “hogwash” and “none of this is backed up by the witnesses.
There were eyewitnesses who took part in last Wednesday’s (March 8) press conference who stated:
“Basically, I heard some laughter, looked up, there was a few handshakes, there was more laughter, and went their separate ways,” Phil Watkins said.
“They had a very brief interaction that was super friendly, lots of laughter,” Bryn Davis said.
Michael Irvin said he was sickened by the allegations, and it reminded him of a time when Black men were lynched from an accusation.
This sickens me because in this great country this takes me back to a time, where a white man, a white woman, would accuse a Black man of something, and they would take a bunch of guys that were above the law, run in the barn, wrap a rope around his foot and drag him through the mud, and hang him by the tree.
Friday (March 10), a judge sided with Michael Irvin’s team and ordered Marriott to turn over a copy of the video by 5 PM.
Michael’s attorney, Levi McCathern, refiled his $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Marriott hotel and others involved with allegations against Michael Irvin, on Tuesday morning (March 14), in Arizona.
The case is still pending.
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Source: TMZ and Fox 4 KDFW
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