NBA player Kristaps Porzingis 'unequivocally' denies rape allegation
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 01, 2019,
Apr 01, 2019, 0:58
The Mavericks and Knicks both declined to comment on the matter.
"We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations", Riopelle said in the statement.
Hours after suffering a devastating knee injury at Madison Square Garden previous year, former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis came home and allegedly raped a neighbor he'd invited to his luxe Manhattan penthouse, the woman told police, according to law enforcement sources.
The accuser is "believable", the source said, despite her not reporting the alleged attack until over a year later, and her admission to cops that she discussed getting $68,000 in hush money from the multi-millionaire baller.
According to the Associated Press, Porzingis' lawyer, Roland Riopelle, said the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Riopelle says Porzingis reported to federal law enforcement in December that the accuser was making "extortionate demands".
"The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors", an NYPD spokesperson told CBS2 Saturday night. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement.
It was unclear if any money ever changed hands between the two, the New York Post reported.
Porzingis was a member of the Knicks until he was traded to the Mavericks prior to the National Basketball Association trade deadline this past February.
The Mavericks were also reportedly fully aware of the allegations against Porzingis when they chose to trade for him this season, and still pulled the trigger on the trade.