The NHL Los Angeles Kings fired a longtime employee who played Bailey, their lion mascot, at the center of allegations of sexual misconduct, including lewd comments and poking his hips in a woman’s face.
Tim Smith, who was suspended by the Kings last month after he was accused of waving his crotch in the face of a woman in the mascot’s locker room and looking at her breasts and behind, has now been removed from the Western Conference team.
The Kings terminated Smith’s contract after an investigation into his behavior as part of their “Ice Crew” group of in-game actors who regularly entertained crowds of more than 18,000 at hockey games at the Staples Center.
Smith, the Kings and Owners of AEG, are believed to be facing a lawsuit by a woman who uses the pen name Jane Doe to protect her identity and is seeking more than $ 1 million in damages.
He reportedly fired his colleague after she told him his alleged progress was undesirable and then continued harassing her in the locker room when she was reinstated, including a step kick.
Previously, in a separate lawsuit filed in 2017, he was charged with sexual misconduct for touching a man’s buttocks in the middle of an elevator.
Bailey’s normally prolific Twitter and Instagram accounts, which together have more than 124,000 followers, went silent as of mid-August.
The official page for the lion on the team’s website, which offered details of various advertising and meet-and-greet opportunities in addition to a form with the name Smith as the main contact, only shows a banner of the mascot over a blank page .
Bailey, a popular character and figurehead of the Kings community work, had taken fans across the ice, appeared in the LA Lakers colors, offered profuse support to the NBA team, and took costume trips to Grand Canyon National Park.
Smith was listed as the team’s senior manager of game presentations and events, according to his LinkedIn profile, having worked for the team since 2007.
His resume on the networking site stated that he had previously worked for sports teams such as the Chicago Wolves American Hockey League team and the now-defunct Indiana Firebirds American football team.
A statement by the Kings said: “We are unable to provide further details or comments on this matter due to pending litigation.”
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