Lee appeared in a Buffalo court docket Friday, the place his legal professional, Paul Cambria, mentioned what occurred between Lee and a 19-year-old shuttle driver in Might didn’t represent harassment.
Lee is charged with two counts of second-degree harassment, which Cambria had earlier mentioned he would transfer to have dismissed, characterizing the plaintiff’s swimsuit as a “money seize.”
In Buffalo for the NHL Mix, Lee took a shuttle from his lodge, when he allegedly made lewd feedback whereas rubbing the shoulders of the 19-year-old driver.
Lee was suspended indefinitely by the Senators following the incident.
“There’s nothing there that helps an intent to harass, annoy or hurt,” Cambria mentioned in court docket on Friday, based on the Ottawa Citizen. “There’s no crime alleged, there’s no offense. The details are inadequate to help the fees. It’s so simple as that.”
At no level throughout the proceedings did Cambria argue that what’s being alleged didn’t occur, simply that it didn’t represent harassment.
However there’s a secondary piece to the harassment statute in Buffalo, one which Rosanne E. Johnson, chief of the Particular Victims Bureau for the Erie County district legal professional’s workplace, mentioned that Cambria was ignoring in his newest protection.
Johnson advised the court docket Lee made the state of affairs worse by persevering with to rub the driving force’s shoulders, even after he requested Lee to cease, and in addition violated the portion of the harassment statute that when an individual, ” … in any other case topics the opposite individual to bodily contact.”
Decide Amy C. Martoche will levy a choice Aug. 20 on Cambria’s movement to dismiss all costs.
In line with the court docket paperwork, Lee additionally allegedly launched himself as “Rick” and mentioned he was a bodily therapist for the crew and labored within the IT division. In court docket on Thursday, based on the Citizen, Johnson additionally mentioned that Lee instructed the driving force to decelerate and advised him nobody would see them whereas the incident occurred.
“It’s clearly, on its face, offensive conduct,” she mentioned.
The Senators, when asserting the suspension of Lee in mid June, mentioned they might look forward to the authorized proceedings to conclude earlier than taking any additional attainable motion.