Former ESPN Executive Accused of Masturbating Next To Erin Andrews On Plane
NEW YORK -- A former ESPN executive is fighting accusations he fondled himself underneath an iPad while seated next to sportscaster Erin Andrews on a plane.

47-year-old Keith Clinkscales, former ESPN head of content development, has denied the allegations calling them a "flat-out lie" spread by a former colleague, Joan Lynch, that he had fired.

Clinkscales has filed a defamation lawsuit accusing Lynch of leaking the allegations to Deadspin blogger A.J. Daulerio.

According to the Deadspin article, a source says Andrews saw Clinkscales masturbating in his seat, beneath his iPad. When he realized she had seen him Clinkscales reportedly panicked and muttered, "You know, I'm one of your bosses."

Andrews reportedly told the Deadspin source, which Clinkscales believes to be Lynch, about the incident.

The source claims Andrews, the target of a peeping tom in 2008, never reported the incident to HR because she just "wanted it to go away."

ESPN issued this statement: "With respect to these reports, we want to state very clearly that in accordance with ESPN policies, if a claim is brought to our attention, it is taken very seriously and responded to appropriately."