‘Best Damn’ lawsuit filed

News Corp., Fox Sports Net, Arnold named in claim

A hairstylist on Fox Sports Network’s “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against co-host and former NBA player John Salley, as well as others involved with the show.

Lisa Brescher began working for the sports-talk program in August 2001, and from the first day “was subjected to an environment of unrestrained sexual harassment,” according to her Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday in L.A.

Fox Sports Network said in a statement Thursday that an internal investigation could corroborate none of Brescher’s claims. Brescher, 29, left on a disability claim in February.

Salley in a statement called the allegations baseless and said he would “defend himself vigorously.”

The lawsuit also names News Corp., Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Sports Net and producer and co-host Tom Arnold. It alleges Salley made unwelcome sexual advances.

Brescher also claims Arnold, 44, branded her “a troublemaker” and banned her from the set, causing her “extreme anguish, severe humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress.”

A spokeswoman for Arnold said, “The retaliation claims are specious and without merit, and he has not engaged in any wrongful conduct with respect to this individual.”

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