The owner of the Washington Football Team and his legal team have been accused of attempting to disrupt an investigation into a sexual assault allegation made against him that dates back over 10 years ago.

A $1.6 million settlement between owner Dan Snyder and an unnamed accuser who used to work for the NFL team was reached in 2009, but the lead investigator looking into sexual harassment allegations at the organization, attorney Beth Wilkinson, was blocked in 2020 from talking to the alleged victim, according to a letter from the woman's attorney to Snyder's lawyers filed in federal court.

This letter, which was reported Tuesday by the Washington Post based on sources describing it, remains under seal. According to the report, the accuser's attorney, Brendan Sullivan, claimed Snyder's legal team offered the woman, who accused Snyder of an act of sexual misconduct on his private plane, more money beyond the $1.6 million in exchange for her silence.

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Attorneys for Snyder, who claimed in a filing the woman's allegation was "meritless," filed a response to the letter in court, also under seal, which denied its claims of an offer for more money and blocking an interview with the accuser. The Reed Smith law firm, which represents Snyder and the team, also issued a statement.

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“Untrue. It did not happen. Absolutely no effort was made by me or any Reed Smith lawyers to dissuade anyone from speaking with Beth Wilkinson or otherwise cooperating with her investigation," A. Scott Bolden of Reed Smith said. "Nor was any money offered to anyone not to cooperate. Anyone suggesting something to the contrary is lying.”

The NFL ultimately fined the Washington Football Team $10 million based on the review of its workplace culture.