4 Jan 2011

Favre under spotlight again as lawsuit filed against NFL legend

4:00 pm on 4 January 2011

Two former New York Jets massage therapists filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming they lost their part-time jobs with the American football club after spurning sexually suggestive advances from NFL legend Brett Favre.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole filed the suit against Favre and the Jets in New York seeking unspecified monetary damages and a chance to resume working for the team after being the target of lewd e-mails sent when Favre was with the Jets in 2008.

Scavo and O'Toole accuse Favre of sexual harassment and the Jets of refusing to hire them for massage work after Scavo's husband called Favre to complain.

Favre allegedly texted O'Toole with the messages, "Brett here you and crissy want to get together im all alone" and "Kinda lonely tonight I guess I have bad intentions".

Scavo told her husband, according to the lawsuit, and he contacted Favre seeking an apology and an end to such contacts.

Favre "responded in an inappropriate manner and refused to apologise", according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims the Jets never again called O'Toole or Scavo to provide massage work.

Favre was fined $US 50,000 ($NZ 64,717) last week by the NFL for failing to co-operate with an investigation into accusations that he sent a Jets game-day hostess, Jenn Sterger, lewd photos and suggestive messages.