Jay Crawford by Robert Milazzo/ESPN Jay Crawford by Robert Milazzo/ESPN

Rita Ragone, a former makeup artist for ESPN's Cold Pizza, filed suit on Wednesday against the sports network, Pizza cohost Jay Crawford and panelist Woody Paige for sexual harassment, claiming that almost immediately after she started work on the show, she was subjected to verbal come-ons, dirty jokes and lewd gestures (such as the grabbing of her backside). ESPN suits "condoned the repulsive behavior," the court papers claim.

An ESPN spokesperson deems the legal action "without merit" and denies the allegations.