New York City FC said Wednesday it will investigate claims of sexual harassment made against former striker David Villa
Allegations against Villa were made on social media by an intern at the Major League Soccer team. Villa has denied the allegations, describing them as “entirely false.”
On Twitter, a young lady who went by the name “Skyler B” made a comment that she was repeatedly harassed by Villa.
“I rarely went a day without him grabbing me or verbally harassing me,” she wrote, saying supervisors at the club thought it was “great comedic material.”
“Women brave enough to tell their stories this loudly are my heroes,” she added.
Villa, 38, denied the allegations in a statement to ESPN.
“I strongly object to the accusations made about me on Twitter,” Villa said.
“These accusations are entirely false and I deny them. Harassment is a severe problem for many people. It dishonors those who suffer harassment for others to claim it as an excuse to make false accusations.
“As our legal team works to address these false charges, I ask the media and the public to please respect my right to the presumption of innocence in this matter.”
He joined New York City FC in 2015 and spent four seasons with the club, winning league Most Valuable Player honors in 2016.
David Villa left in 2018 to play one season in Japan and he retired in 2019.