Walton has yet to comment on the allegations detailed in the lawsuit.
She claims that when Walton let go of her, she then opened the door and left. "We intend to prove this in a courtroom".
Tennant reportedly claimed she did not initially report the alleged assault and was forced to continue to interact with Walton once he was hired by the Lakers due to her job. Walton is now married to Bre Ladd, a former Arizona Wildcats volleyball player.
He eventually played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2013.
"She was afraid she was about to be raped", the suit stated. It was alleged that Walton was supposed to write the foreword for the book.
Tennant alleges that Walton also made "vulgar, guttural sounds at her" on one occasion.
Tennant's suit also identifies another incident, in May 2017, where Walton groped her, although this incident is not the focus of the lawsuit. "Come on up. It's me". At the time, Walton was on the Warriors staff. She said he laughed as she asked him to stop.
Tennant said Walton relented and she started to leave the room when he grabbed her again and kissed her ears and neck. The statements by the Warriors and Lakers specified that they were learning of the allegations for the first time this evening.
The team later said in a statement that the incident occurred before Walton was an employee and it indeed wasn't reported to them.
Tania Ganguli has been all over the story since it broke and states the Los Angeles Lakers had no idea about the incident.