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Washington Football Team settles with ex-cheerleaders over lewd videos

Washington Football Team settles with ex-cheerleaders over lewd videos
The Washington Football Team has reached a settlement with a group of former cheerleaders after lewd videos were made that featured the cheerleaders in 2008 and 2010. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A group of former Washington Football Team cheerleaders has reached a settlement with the franchise after they appeared in lewd videos, made without their knowledge, from swimsuit calendar shoots.

Attorneys from both sides confirmed the settlement on Wednesday to ESPN, the Washington Post and the New York Post. Sources told ESPN and the New York Post that the settlement was reached in 2020.

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The terms of the settlement were not disclosed and no lawsuit was filed.

The NFL is still investigating the team after the Washington Post published a report last summer, which detailed sexual harassment allegations from 15 women against former Washington Football Team employees.

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The Post later reported allegations from an additional 25 former female team employees

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that that investigation is "nearing completion."

The Post in August published a detailed account about the videos and photo shoots. The Post also obtained video footage, which showed exposed private parts, from the incidents.

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The women claimed, in the Post report, that the outtake-style videos were produced in 2008 and 2010 by the team's in-house broadcasting unit. Two other former team employees claimed a team official asked for the the videos to be filmed.

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One of the former employees said the footage was assembled for team owner Daniel Snyder. He has said he did not "request their creation and [he] never saw" the videos.

​​​"We strongly condemn the unprofessional, disturbing and abhorrent behavior and workplace environment alleged in the report which is entirely inconsistent with our standards and has no place in the NFL," Goodell said in an August statement.

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On Monday, the team also announced it has "temporarily" paused its cheerleading program as part of its "rebranding journey." Cheerleaders were not present at NFL games last season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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