The man who plays Bailey, the mascot for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually harassing a female member of the Ice Crew, according to a report.
TMZ reported Wednesday that a woman using the alias Jane Doe accused Tim Smith, who dresses up as Bailey, of routinely directing sexual comments and advances in her direction. Smith also managed the Ice Crew and had the power to hire and fire people, according to the report.
Smith allegedly cracked lewd jokes, made inappropriate sexual comments and stared at her “buttocks and breasts” on a regular basis. The woman made it clear that the comments were unwanted — and Smith retaliated by firing her from the crew.
A team official asked her to return and, acknowledging Smith’s behavior, promised to protect her. But they were unable to do so, as later Smith put his crotch in her face in the mascot locker room and thrust his hips, according to her report. The woman then quit the Ice Crew for good.
The woman is suing Smith, as well as the Kings and AEG, which owns the team, for over $1 million in damages.
In 2017, Smith was sued by a dishwasher for a 2016 incident in which, dressed as Bailey, he was accused of groping a woman’s buttocks in a Staples Center elevator.