New Kings coach Walton accused in assault lawsuit

Luke Walton, left, and GM Vlade Divac held a press conference to introduce Walton as the Kings' new coach April 16.

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton is being sued by a female reporter for an alleged sexual assault, according to a report from TMZ.

Walton was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers, then hired by the Kings two days later. The recent news did not play a role in his firing, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported.

Per TMZ, Kelli Tennant, a reporter who worked for Spectrum SportsNet, claimed Walton forced himself on her in a hotel room before he was hired by the Lakers in April 2016. Tennant was reportedly writing a book at the time.

The lawsuit reportedly claims Walton forcibly kissed Tennant and rubbed his body against her despite pleas to stop.

“She says he eventually relented and let her get up from the bed, but as she was walking towards the door to leave he grabbed her from behind and again forced his body up against hers,” TMZ reported.

Walton was introduced as Kings coach April 16. He compiled a 98-148 record in three seasons with the Lakers. Before that, he was an assistant on Steve Kerr’s staff with the Golden State Warriors.