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Read the text messages at the center of the ESPN harassment complaint

Adrienne Lawrence said ESPN retaliated against her, after she complained of harassment, by reducing her on-air shifts and ultimately denying her a permanent position.
Adrienne Lawrence said ESPN retaliated against her, after she complained of harassment, by reducing her on-air shifts and ultimately denying her a permanent position. –Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images / File 2016

ESPN, in response to a Boston Globe story about the hostile treatment of women at the sports network, released portions of text messages Friday morning between longtime anchor John Buccigross and Adrienne Lawrence, a former employee who filed a sexual harassment complaint this summer.

The Globe is releasing the full text message exchange as well as the complaint and ESPN’s response that was filed with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

In her complaint, Lawrence accused John Buccigross, a longtime “SportsCenter’’ anchor whom she viewed as a mentor, of sending unsolicited shirtless photographs of himself and spreading rumors. Lawrence repeatedly complained to ESPN officials and was advised by a supervisor to drop the matter, according to the complaint. Buccigross denied starting the rumors.

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