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Hartford - A New York City judge has dismissed an NBA security official's discrimination and assault lawsuit against UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball, saying the alleged wrongdoing didn't happen in New York.
Kelley Hardwick sued in state court in Manhattan in June, alleging she was removed from the security detail of the USA women's basketball team at the London Olympics last year because she spurned sexual advances from Auriemma during a 2009 national team trip to Russia. Auriemma, who coached the team to the gold medal, denied the allegations.
Hardwick, the NBA's director of security and a former New York police detective, said league officials removed her from the detail after Auriemma, in retaliation for her rejecting his advances, told a USA Basketball official that he didn't want Hardwick to provide security for the team, and she was reassigned.
After filing the lawsuit, Hardwick said she was reinstated to the national team's security detail but with significantly reduced responsibilities.