National Basketball Association star Kristaps Porzingis reportedly accused of rape in NY

National Basketball Association star Kristaps Porzingis reportedly accused of rape in NY

Javier Howell
April 1, 2019

Porzingis was drafted by the Knicks in 2013.

The Post, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, said the woman told police this week about the alleged assault in February of 2018, saying she didn't come forward sooner because she had discussed getting $68,000 from Porzingis to keep quiet.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the team's personnel has been "instructed by federal authorities not to comment" in an email to the New York Post.

On Saturday, the New York Post published a report detailing a New York Police Department investigation into a woman's complaint that she was raped by Porzingis in 2018.

The allegations were made by a woman who lived in the same building as Porzingis in New York City. The Post reports that she brought the claims to the NYPD this past Thursday, which consider her claims credible and "believable".

Riopelle says the league has been notified of the claim against Porzingis, who is 23 and is a native of Latvia.

"T$3 he alleged victim told cops Porzingis pinned her down on a bed in his guest room, penetrated her vagina with his penis and then got violent".

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Porzingis' lawyer released a statement saying the talented National Basketball Association center is denying the allegations and that the FBI is investigating "the accuser's extortionate demands".

The case is now being handled by the NYPD Special Victims unit.

It remains to be seen what steps are taken next as the investigation remains ongoing.

"We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20th, 2018, based on the accuser's extortionate demands", Riopelle said in a statement.

Porzingis was traded to the Mavericks earlier this year, but he has yet to play for them, as he still is recovering from his injury.

The New York Knicks are believed to have informed the Dallas Mavericks of the rape allegations before they consented to their trade on January 31st.