A former Houston Texans cheerleader has filed a class-action lawsuit against the team and its director of cheerleader programs and coach, Altovise Gary, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.
The woman, who is the lead plaintiff in the case, is suing for unpaid wages and says she was physically assaulted by fans in 2017 and several cheerleaders were subject to harassment from the team's cheerleading coach.
She says several cheerleaders reported being assaulted by fans to their coach, yet no steps were taken "to report the assaults or take steps to insure the cheerleaders' safety."
The Texans issued a statement to the Washington Post, stating they stand by the cheerleading program.
"We are constantly evaluating our procedures and will continue to make adjustments as needed to make the program enjoyable for everyone," reads the statement.