The man in the LA Kings’ “Bailey” mascot costume has just been CANNED … after the team investigated sexual harassment claims made by a female employee.
We broke the story … a woman using the pseudonym “Jane Doe” filed a lawsuit back in August claiming Tim Smith — who has regularly played the role of Bailey at public events for years — was repeatedly inappropriate toward her.
In her lawsuit, the woman accused Smith of making sexually-charged comments, jokes and leering at “her breasts and buttocks.” She claims she was fired after complaining to management.
After Doe filed her suit, the organization suspended Smith — who worked for the Kings since 2007. The team also launched an investigation into the allegations.
Now, the Kings have announced they’re parting ways with Smith — saying on Friday, “Today, the LA Kings terminated the employment of Tim Smith.”
“We are not in a position to provide further details or comments on this matter due to pending litigation.”
As for the accuser’s lawsuit, she is suing Smith, the Kings and ownership group AEG … demanding more than $1 million in damages.