Judge tosses civil suit filed against basketball coach

Woman sued Connecticut women’s basketball coach who tried to kiss her

A judge has tossed a civil suit filed against the University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach citing jurisdictional issues.

The suit was filed by security official Kelley Hardwick, who worked with Geno Auriemma, the coach that made a name for himself leading the U.S. women’s basketball team to Olympic victory last year. According to Hardwick, during a pre-Olympic trip to Russia, Auriemma grabbed her and tried to kiss her. When she rejected his advancements, he had the National Basketball Association (NBA) remove her from the Olympic security team.

She then filed suit against Auriemma, the NBA, and U.S.A. Basketball, which oversees the Olympic program, citing this incident as well as another that occurred in London in which Auriemma screamed at her. After she filed suit, however, Hardwick said the NBA reversed its decision but reinstated her position with limited responsibilities.

Judge Cynthia Kern in New York, however, said the suit didn’t belong in New York because the incidents that Hardwick is suing over occurred in Russia and London. Kern also threw out the claims against U.S.A. Basketball because it’s based in Colorado.

Hardwick argues that her case belongs in New York because Auriemma’s actions affected her career in New York.

"We believe the decision is wrong on the facts and the law," Randy McLaughlin, Hardwick’s lawyer, told Thomson Reuters. "This is just the beginning."

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