I just want to start this off by saying that Chris Berman being accused of sexual harassment is the least surprising news of all time. He seems like the type of guy who just pats every chick’s ass when they walk into a room. Well, one makeup artist decided to step up and report Berman’s abuse.
A former ESPN makeup artist recently settled a sexual harassment claim against ESPN, and the focus of her claim was NFL host Chris Berman, multiple people tell The Big Lead.
The former ESPN makeup artist, Sue Baumann, was represented by the office of high profile lawyer Gloria Allred. A person familiar with the matter told The Big Lead that there were allegations against Berman – including comments he allegedly made in the makeup room and text messages going back a few years – and ESPN decided to settle. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the claims.
To avoid wasting time and resources, ESPN quickly settled the case. That’s what you can do when you’re one of the biggest corporations in the world — just sweep everything and anything under the rug.
Apparently all of this transpired on the set of NFL Countdown, a show in which Sue Baumann had been the makeup artist for about five years. This is where she was introduced to Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Tom Jackson, and Mike Ditka, four guys who all seem like they will sexually harass the shit out of you.
This setup irked some other makeup artists in Bristol. Part of the problem, other makeup artists felt, was that Baumann overdressed for the job – rain or shine, day or night, summer or winter, Baumann would be one of the best dressed women on ESPN’s campus. One person who did not want to be quoted for this story said other makeup artists groused that Baumann was decked out, “as if she were about to go out at a high profile club in New York City.”
Ahhh, it wouldn’t be a real authentic sexual harassment case unless somebody blamed the victim. Now this story has credibility! A woman dressed nicely for work so she must have wanted late night creepy Chris Berman sexts. You know if she wore sweats to work they would fire her for not being attractive enough. You don’t think anyone has ever looked at a man in a sharp suit and tie and thought to themselves, “Who the hell is this guy trying to impress? It’s raining out, why is this guy dressing so well? He must be trying to get sexual harassed.”
But, wait, this story gets outrageous out of nowhere. Randy Orton style.
In 2013, a relationship occurred between Baumann and Carter, the Hall of Fame wide receiver. Eventually, the two disclosed the relationship to a senior-level ESPN staffer. According to records obtained by The Big Lead, police were called to Baumann’s house twice in early 2013, once because two private investigators showed up claiming to have been “hired by ESPN.” The private investigators told Baumann’s husband to stop “calling and harassing an employee at ESPN.”
So apparently Sue Baumann was fired because of her affair with Cris Carter. Not a good look for everyone involved. I don’t blame ESPN for their decision to release Baumann at all. What you choose to do behind closed doors is your own thing, and do your thing, girl, even though adultery is like the number one sin. But you can’t have your husband calling up, nonstop harassing Cris Carter and shit. Control ya mans.
Being fired for an affair and then claiming to be sexually harassed after you lose your job is, like, a super bad look. Kinda makes it seem like you’re reaching there. She very well could have been aggressively eye fucked by Chris Berman every morning, but I think settlement is the best idea for both parties.
Edited by Morgan Mandriota.
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