Former ESPN executive Keith Clinkscales has filed a lawsuit for defamation of character, alleging he's the target of a smear campaign launched by an employee he fired.
Clinkscales filed the lawsuit recently in Manhattan Criminal Court, contending former colleague Joan Lynch falsely accused him of sexual acts because he was promoted over her for the position of senior vice president of content development at ESPN.
Hours after the lawsuit was filed, Deadspin.com released a story that quoted an anonymous source, detailing an incident that allegedly occurred between Clinkscales and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.
The source, who was referred to by the website as "Connie," told Deadspin that Andrews caught Clinkscales masturbating under an iPad while sitting next to him on a plane.
The former ESPN executive believes the anonymous source is Lynch and denies all allegations of wrongdoing.
Clinkscales left ESPN, which declined to comment on the story to Deadspin, to start his own company earlier this year.
Andrews has been involved in another case recently, in which she charged a man with video-taping her nude.