Brooke Hundley, the 22-year-old ESPN staffer at the epicenter of the Steve Phillips sex scandal, spoke out on “Good Morning America” earlier today, saying that she’s been unjustly vilified.
“I’ve been called things by the public that no woman should ever be called,” she said. “I’ve been called the C-word, I’ve been called a whore, I’ve been called a home wrecker.”
Hundley said she reached her breaking point when “legitimate” newspapers began running with the story, and also when prime-time funnyman Jay Leno offered a harsh critique of her looks.
She also claims she was never the aggressor in the relationship.
In a police report filed in August, Hundley alleges Phillips threatened her, stating she’d be fired and her reputation ruined if she spoke out.
“I was in a situation where I felt like, if I didn’t do what was asked of me, then everything I’d worked for for the past six years — everything I had done to establish myself as a successful media professional — could be gone like that.”
Hundley said she hopes Phillips “would grow up and take responsibility for his own actions.”