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Brett Favre lawsuit: Shouldn't have to answer some claims, lawyer says

August 30, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre in July.
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre in July. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated…)

Former quarterback Brett Favre's attorneys filed papers Thursday asking a New York court to say he doesn't have to answer some of the more embarrassing claims about his personal life that two massage therapists are making in a lawsuit.

The massage therapists say the New York Jets, whom Favre was playing for at the time, blacklisted them after they objected to suggestive messages he allegedly sent. They also asked him to admit or deny he solicited women for sex trysts and sent explicit photos to a former Jets game hostess.

"These requests clearly have absolutely nothing to do with this lawsuit and have been included only to harass and embarrass," Favre attorney Sharon H. Stern wrote.

The attorney for the massage therapists said the filing was an effort to shield Favre from having to discuss his conduct.

"It's yet another attempt by the defendants, particularly Brett Favre, to avoid having to testify under oath in this matter," attorney Elizabeth Eilender said.

Massage therapists Shannon O'Toole and Christina Scavo say they were giving massages at the Jets training camp in 2008 until they angered Favre, who they allege sent another woman a text message asking to get together with her and Scavo.

Scavo's husband demanded an apology from Favre, and shortly thereafter Scavo and O'Toole lost their jobs.

The Jets have said O'Toole and Scavo worked for the team for only five days and were never guaranteed any ongoing work.

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