The saga of sexual harassment bombshells continues. First it was the Hollywood elites. Then, top-tier politicos. Now? Giant stuffed animals. That’s right. Bailey the Lion, mascot for the Los Angeles Kings, or at least the guy under the suit, is in serious trouble. For getting a little too “pawsy” with another guy in an elevator. Yes, really.
The man who appears at Los Angeles Kings games as team mascot “Bailey” was sued Wednesday by a dishwasher for allegedly groping the defendant’s buttocks in a Staples Center elevator in 2016.
Maso Griffin’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Tim Smith and his employer, Kings’ owner Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., as well as Levy Restaurants Inc. and Compass Group USA, which both provide food services to Staples Center. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
During an elevator ride at the arena last Dec. 8, Smith, while dressed in the “Bailey” costume, put one hand on one of Griffin’s shoulders and used his other hand to squeeze the plaintiff’s buttocks, the suit alleges.
Looks like Bailey’s about to have a lion’s share of problems.
Sexual harassment is usually no joke. You’ll have to give us a pass this time. It’s hard to be serious when you’re talking about a guy getting felt-up by a giant cartoon lion. It’s like Simba teasing Rafiki about his penis size. Or Cecil taunting playing footsy with the dentist.
These accusations keep getting stranger as time goes on. The real question is who will be the next to fall. Has Fozzie Bear been grabbing ladies by the chesticles and yelling “waka waka?” Is Oscar the Grouch dragging female passers-by into his trashcan for some non-consensual nookie?
I suppose Hollywood celebs’ inability to keep their hands to themselves rubbed off on Bailey. Probably a lot of other people too.
This sexual harassment saga is far from over. Next up: Mickey Mouse Gets Cozy With Someone Not Minnie…?