Former Athletic Trainer Speaks Out About Alleged Sexual Assault by Peyton Manning: 'I Was Scared. I Was Intimidated'
Dr. Jamie Naughright says she was examining the former quarterback's foot in a training room 21 years ago when he suddenly pulled down his pants.
A former athletic trainer who claims she was sexually assaulted by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning 21 years ago is sharing her story on TV for the first time.
Dr. Jamie Naughright, who has a doctorate in education (edD), detailed the alleged ordeal in an exclusive interview with Inside Edition, which will air Monday.
"I was scared," she said. "I was intimidated."
On Feb. 29, 1996, Naughright, who was then the director of health and wellness at the University of Tennessee, was examining Peyton Manning's injured foot in the athletic department's training room.
At the time, Manning was a 19-year-old all-American quarterback destined for NFL greatness.
What she says happened next has been the subject of headlines and lawsuits ever since.
"I felt something on my face and Peyton had pulled his shorts down and sat his anus and his testicles on my face," Naughright told Inside Edition. "So I pushed him up and out. He turned around, pulled his shorts back up."
Manning has denied her allegations, insisting he was "mooning" a friend in the training room and showing off his backside as a prank.
Inside Edition has also obtained Manning's video deposition from 2003 after Naughright sued him for defamation.
"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, Manning’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, Dr. Naughright 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."
Tune in to Inside Edition on Monday to hear how Naughright says the incident has affected her life. Check here for local listings.
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