Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated by the New York Police Department for rape that he allegedly committed last year, according to reports. The New York Post on Saturday reported the news about the NBA star.
The woman claims she was raped by Porzingis on Feb. 7, hours after the former Knicks star suffered a torn ACL during a game.
The woman lives in the same luxury Sky building in Midtown West as Porzingis. She invited him over to her place around 2:00 a.m. and then went back to his place, where she says he held her down and raped her. In the hours after his injury, Porzingis and other members of his did tequila shots, according to a documentary.
The woman only went to police about the matter on Thursday, over a year after the alleged incident took place. She reportedly did so because she claims Porzingis reneged on a commitment to pay her $68,000 in hush money.
Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 31.
Representatives for Porzingis declined to comment to the New York Post about the accusation. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — said they have been made aware of the accusation.
“We have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment,” Cuban wrote in an email to the New York Post.
Porzingis’ attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday afternoon saying that they have been aware of the investigation for months.
“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle said in the statement. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20th, 2018, based on the accuser’s extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”
The case is currently being handled by the NYPD Special Victims unit. Would hate to have Porzingis accused of something that isn’t what she is saying. Whatever the case is, we will have you covered.