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Luke Walton accuser posts video to thank supporters after ‘roller coaster of a week’

Luke Walton accuser Kelli Tennant speaks out at press conference

Luke Walton accuser Kelli Tennant speaks out at press conference. Tennant described the alleged sexual assault on April 23, 2019.
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Luke Walton accuser Kelli Tennant speaks out at press conference. Tennant described the alleged sexual assault on April 23, 2019.

Kelli Tennant, the former sports reporter who has accused Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexual assault, released an Instagram video Friday thanking friends, family and strangers for being supportive during what has been a tough week.

The 31-year-old podcaster and women’s self-help advocate posted the video three days after she and her attorney held a dramatic news conference accusing Walton of pinning her down on a bed in a Santa Monica hotel room five years ago, forcibly kissing her and rubbing against her.

“I thought he was going to rape me,” she said at the Los Angeles press conference.

Tennant sued Walton for assault Monday in a Los Angeles court. Walton’s attorney has said the allegations are false and Tennant is an “opportunist, not a victim.”

The Kings on Thursday announced they hired two female attorneys to look into the allegations along with a female executive with the National Basketball Association.

In her minute-long Friday video, Tennant says, “It has been as you can imagine, a very difficult, roller coaster of a week.”

“But I have felt so loved and so supported every step of the way” from both men and women, even complete strangers, she said.

She concluded the short video by telling women who have had similar experiences, “I hear you and I see and you and I stand with you.”

The Blast first reported Friday afternoon about the video posting.

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