'Playing to ugly stereotypes': Joshua Primo slams Hillary Cauthen amid sexual misconduct allegations

Hillary Cauthen filed a lawsuit against Joshua Primo accusing him of exposing his genitals to her 9 times despite several complaints to organization

'Playing to ugly stereotypes': Joshua Primo slams Hillary Cauthen amid sexual misconduct allegations
Johua Primo denies Psychologist Hillary Cauthen's sexual conduct claims (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/ @carolinateague_/Twitter)
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: The youngest NBA player Joshua Primo strikes back at former San Antonio Spurs therapist amid allegations that he repeatedly exposed himself to her and other women. Primo who was waived by the Spurs last Friday, October 28, just four games into his second NBA season has denied all the claims saying the incident in question was an accident. 

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Hillary Cauthen filed a lawsuit against the 19-year-old Primo accusing him of exposing his genitals to her nine times “despite her numerous complaints about Primo’s improper sexual conduct to the organization’s leadership.” Primo through his attorney denied the claims and lashed out at Cauthen's claims saying she is “playing to ugly stereotypes and racially charged fears for her own financial benefit,” and calling it an act of betrayal against a client.

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Psychologist Hillary Cauthen (L), who has worked with San Antonio Spurs, has accused Josh Primo (R) of exposing himself (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images and LivingMentalWellness)
Psychologist Hillary Cauthen (L), has filed a sexual conduct lawsuit against Joshua Primo (R)
(Joe Scarnici/Getty Images and LivingMentalWellness)

The lawsuit alleges that Primo first exposed himself to Cauthen in December and that she reported the behavior at that time. According to the lawsuit, “exposures happened on numerous occasions and grew progressively more extreme.” Cauthen requested a meeting with Spurs general manager Brian Wright in January and wasn't until March that she finally met with him. After she addressed Primo's behavior towards her she was asked to meet with Primo again in a public setting and the lawsuit alleges that he again exposed himself. He asked to meet with her again after that but she declined.

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Cauthen, a mother of four, had worked for the Spurs since April 2021. Her contract came up for renewal at the end of August and she was retained and she was let go. Primo was only dismissed from the team until two women, one in Nevada, and the other in Minnesota also accused him of exposing his genitals to them in recent months. “The Spurs organization was willing to sacrifice Dr. Cauthen to keep what they hoped would one day be a star player,” Cauthen’s lawsuit says. “Once Primo's conduct entered the public sphere, the Spurs were forced to act and release Primo. The Spurs' recent actions with regard to Primo are too little, too late,” claimed Yahoo. 

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Cauthen's emotional press conference, Primo denied these allegations in a statement from his attorney calling Cauthen’s lawsuit an “act of betrayal against her young client." “Dr. Cauthen's allegations are either a complete fabrication, a gross embellishment or utter fantasy,” the statement said. “Josh Primo never intentionally exposed himself to her or anyone else and was not even aware that his private parts were visible outside of his workout shorts.” A source told TMZ that the allegations stemmed from a “wardrobe malfunction” that resulted from him “laying down on a couch in basketball shorts.” Cauthen's attorney, Tony Buzbee said, “Josh Primo's conduct is well outside of the bounds of what is normal and acceptable." “His conduct shocks the conscience. I would also say that the Spurs' conduct, the way they handled this conduct, was egregious and absolutely unreasonable," he remarked.

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