The attorneys for greater than three dozen former Washington Commanders workers demanded the removing of “sexualized and salacious images” of the group’s former cheerleaders from any official Congressional port of file.
Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz despatched a strongly worded letter to Home Committee on Oversight and Reform rating member James Comer (R-Kentucky) saying their shoppers are each “humiliated and incensed by the GOP’s reckless dissemination of those images.”
The pictures in query have been initially despatched by the crew’s former basic supervisor and crew president Bruce Allen to former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and a number of other different males. Fifty-seven of the emails have been distributed as a part of a memorandum from Republicans on Dec. 7 following the discharge of the committee’s investigation, led by Democrats, into Commanders proprietor Dan Snyder and the group’s office.
Banks advised ESPN that together with these paperwork have been “outrageous.” She known as the inclusion of those photographs “pointless, inappropriate and unprofessional.”
A committee Republican aide stated the images will not be, and will not be, a part of the Congressional file. The memorandum was distributed to Republican employees members. Quite a few media retailers obtained the memorandum as effectively.
The aide stated in a press release that Democrats “cherry-picked info” to assist their narrative and that the Republicans’ memorandum was meant to indicate extra proof ought to be thought-about.
The assertion additionally learn that, “Previous to circulating the inner memo, Committee employees took steps to make sure all delicate photos involving cheerleaders have been redacted and their identities stored confidential.”
Banks and Katz additionally despatched their letter to outgoing Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-New York). Comer will take over because the committee chair subsequent month.
Final week, the Republicans launched the 57 emails and paperwork, which included photos of former Washington cheerleaders, whose faces have been blacked out.
“These emails present that underneath Allen’s management there was a poisonous office — one which has since been reformed primarily based on unbiased third-party critiques of the crew’s tradition,” the memo says. “Committee Democrats haven’t recognized or offered any related emails or paperwork figuring out any racist, misogynistic, or homophobic conduct from Dan Snyder.”
Melanie Coburn, a former Washington cheerleader and advertising and marketing director, stated that whereas two of the cheerleader photographs have been from a calendar, others have been from pre-edits that have been positioned in binders meant to be offered to possession and had not but been launched.
“It is extra about when [Allen] obtained entry to those and what state these photographs have been in,” Coburn stated. “In some physique paint, if it isn’t touched up, it’s totally revealing.
“These ladies are devastated once more. They really feel powerless, they really feel silenced and so they’re retraumatized.”
Coburn stated the inclusion of those photos was a “slap within the face” to laws launched by Maloney known as the Skilled Photos Safety Act that will “guard in opposition to employer abuse of worker photos and make sure that workers have a say in how and when their photos are used for enterprise functions.”
“These are our elected officers within the context of what purports to be an official doc placing ahead salacious sexualized photos as a part of their report clearly to embarrass one explicit particular person with whom Dan Snyder has a dispute,” Banks advised ESPN.
Within the letter to Comer, Banks and Katz, who signify greater than 40 former crew workers, wrote that together with the previous cheerleaders’ photos induced “extra and pointless ache.” Coburn stated a number of the ladies concerned within the photos additionally have been a part of lewd movies from picture shoots allegedly made for Snyder.
“These images, which present ladies’s breasts, buttocks and genital areas,” they wrote within the letter, “have been apparently disseminated to advance crew proprietor Daniel Snyder’s persistent however discredited narrative that Bruce Allen, and never Mr. Snyder, was chargeable for the sexually hostile and misogynistic crew tradition.
“Our shoppers additionally need assurances these images won’t ever be utilized in such a fashion once more.”