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Former Ottawa Senators official sued over harassment incident in Buffalo

A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager is facing a lawsuit over allegations that he sexually harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver when he visited Buffalo in May 2018.

Randy Lee is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed in State Supreme Court by the driver of the shuttle.

Lee pleaded guilty to harassment in Buffalo City Court in December. He was sentenced to time served – he spent a night in jail after the incident was reported – and was ordered to pay a $120 surcharge, but was not fined. Lee had resigned from his job with the Senators in August 2018.

Lee was in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine and was a passenger in a Westin Hotel shuttle about 10:30 p.m. May 30 when he was accused of rubbing the 19-year-old male driver's shoulders and making lewd comments to him.

The lawsuit claims the driver was "injured externally, internally and permanently in and about the head, body, limbs and nervous system so that he became and will continue to be disabled and will continue to suffer pain, discomfort, distress and psychological adjustment, distress and trauma."

Buffalo attorney Paul Cambria, who is representing Lee, said of the suit against his client: "As far as Randy is concerned, I don't see any basis for a lawsuit at all. But everybody's looking for a payday."

The lawsuit also names the Ottawa Senators and the 716 Food and Sport restaurant as defendants. Lee was allegedly a customer at 716 before he was picked up by the shuttle.

“The Ottawa Senators will vigorously defend this case and challenge the frivolous allegations made against the organization," said attorney Dennis Vacco, who is representing the hockey team.

The plaintiff is represented by Buffalo attorney Charles S. Desmond II.

 

 

 

 

 

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