By Peter Gleason
Details of sexual assault allegations made against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder in 2009 were reported yesterday by the Washington Post, which obtained a letter by an attorney working for the team.
A woman accused Snyder of sexually harassing and assaulting her on a team plane in 2009, and she was later paid $1.6 million by the team to settle. The woman’s allegations and settlement were previously reported by the Post in December 2020, but specific details of the allegations were not disclosed.
The settlement had been previously revealed in legal filings related to more recent investigations of the team. The woman agreed not to sue the team or publicly disclose her allegations as part of the settlement.
Snyder denied the woman’s allegations, according to the attorney’s letter, and a team investigation accused her of making up the claims in an attempt to extort him.
The contents of the letter were disclosed a day before a scheduled hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is investigating the Washington team’s workplace culture. Snyder has declined an invitation by the committee to testify, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to testify remotely.