Another sexual assault scandal has rocked Hollywood, this time involving NFL superstar, Peyton Manning. Jamie Naughright, who was an athletic trainer at Manning's alma mater, the University of Tennessee, spoke to Inside Edition in her first television interview since the sexual assault allegations began in 1996.
The now-47-year-old alleged that the then 19-year-old Denver Broncos quarterback "pulled his shorts down and sat his anus and his testicles on my face. So I pushed him up and out. He turned around, pulled his shorts back up." Get to know more about Jamie — and her claims — below.
Who is Jamie Naughright?
Jamie is originally from Hackettstown, NJ but is currently living in Florida. According to the Daily News, Jamie graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Football Coaching. She also earned her Master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion and a Doctorate in Health Education and Wellness from the same university.
She told Inside Edition about the incident, "I was repulsed. I was scared. I was intimidated." She added, "It was definitely a predator, intimidating anger violent eyes he had."
Is Peyton Manning married?
Yes. Peyton has been married to Ashley Thompson since 2001. She began dating him before he even played a game in college and married him early in his tenure with the Indianapolis Colts. The family consisted of just Ashley and Peyton for most of Peyton’s career, but the Mannings welcomed two additions to the family with the birth of twins — Marshall & Mosley — in 2011.
Does he deny the claims?
He sure does. Peyton has denied her allegations, insisting he was "mooning" a friend in the training room and showing off his backside as a prank. "I briefly pulled down my pants to so-called 'moon' him. One second, one and a half seconds," he said in the deposition. "Pulled my pants back up and continued with Jamie examining my foot."
In a statement, Peyton's attorney told Inside Edition, "Peyton Manning has been absolutely clear: Jamie Naughright’s accusations are false. When her claims were first investigated 21 years ago, she told a very different story. Her current account was invented several years later in connection with her first of several groundless litigations against Peyton. Most recently, she left Peyton’s mother a vulgar and extremely disturbing voicemail. Ms. Naughright should stop this abusive behavior."
In response, Jamie said: "I have not changed my story. This is another failed attempt to discredit and smear the victim. The EEOC complaint was a working document which was filed on the last day of the statute of limitations. I have consistently and truthfully described the assault as sexual and physical."