Oscar De La Hoya has found himself at the center of a concerning lawsuit in Los Angeles, California. Filed as a counter complaint against Casa Mexico executives Michael Gooch and Robert Crossan, DV Capital Partners and De La Hoya, the legal document claims the legendary boxer sexually assaulted a former Casa Mexico employee twice in 2020.
“As a survivor of this abuse, she wants others to know this behavior is unacceptable — and it doesn’t matter who you are,” the former employee’s attorney, Sylvia Torres-Guillen, told ESPN.
“We will seek justice on her behalf.”
The lawsuit reportedly stems from an event at the company’s Mexico distillery in March 2020. On one occasion, the lawsuit alleges that plaintiff awoke to De La Hoya knocking on her door. When the door was opened, De La Hoya was allegedly standing in the hallway with his pants around his ankles. From there, the former boxer is accused of forcing his way into the room and climbing on to the bed. As the situation escalated, she claims that she pushed him out of the bed and walked him back to his room.
Hours later, De La Hoya allegedly missed a tour of the distillery. In response, the plaintiff claims that she went to his room to learn about his whereabouts. During the encounter, De La Hoya is accused of pulling the former Casa Mexico employee on to the bed and assaulting her.
After the company’s trip to the distillery concluded, the lawsuit claims that De La Hoya attended a company party at a restaurant in Los Angeles. As the event came to a close, some attendees reportedly traveled to De La Hoya’s home. While at his home, the former boxer allegedly spent time alone with an unidentified woman. During their one-on-one interaction, he allegedly revealed and retrieved a sexual object from a stored collection in his house.” From there, De La Hoya is accused of “forcibly insert[ing] the sexual object into her body.”
The former Casa Mexico employee who filed the lawsuit claims she attempted to notify her superiors, but the elected not to discipline De La Hoya.
Thus far, De La Hoya has refuted all accusations aimed in his direction.
“With the 24-hour news cycle we all find ourselves in, more often than not, malicious and unjust accusations are interpreted as truth without the evidence to support their erroneous claims,” he stated, according to ESPN.
“I am confident my legal team will resolve this matter and prove my innocence.”