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SACRAMENTO A former employee of the Golden State Warriors is suing Monta Ellis and the team for sexual harassment, according to an e-mail obtained by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.An e-mail from the law offices of Burton F. Boltuch said that on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a plaintiff will file the suit in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County. The e-mail said a press conference will be held afterward to discuss the allegations.Warriors coach Mark Jackson had no comment on the matter when asked about it Tuesday night. GM Larry Riley, who was named in the suit, also declined to discuss it.Ellis was unavailable for comment before the game. Typically, he does not make himself available to the media before games. Ellis also did not speak with reporters after the Warriors' 95-91 loss in Sacramento.
A message was left for Boltuch late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.
Ellis, entering his seventh season playing for Golden State, was in Sacramento with the team, which plays an exhibition game against the Kings. The team had not arrived for the game at the time of this writing.According to the e-mail, Boltuch will discuss 14 allegations, including flagrant violations of Californias prohibition against sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.Boltuchs e-mail was sent at 3 p.m., West Coast time, to more than 300 recipients.The e-mail said the complaint will be filed Wednesday morning before the 9:30 a.m., press conference.In addition to Ellis, also named in the lawsuit are co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and Larry Riley.