Dallas police confirmed on Thursday that they will not pursue sexual assault charges on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after the launch of an investigation that began in March.

The case stemmed from an alleged incident in 2017 where an unidentified woman claimed that Prescott had assaulted her in the back of an SUV in a strip club parking lot.

Prescott filed a suit seeking monetary relief in response to a letter from the woman’s attorneys, Bethel and Yoel Zehaie, who said they would “forego pursuing criminal charges, along with disclosing this information to the public, in exchange for compensating her for the mental anguish she has suffered. [The woman’s] damages are valued at $100,000,000.00.”

“I want to thank the Dallas Police Department and Dallas County District Attorneys’ office for their thorough investigation of the allegations against Dak Prescott,” Prescott’s attorney Levi McCathern stated. “As we knew they would, they found nothing in their extensive exploration of the facts that would support a criminal prosecution. We are confident that at the end of law enforcement’s investigation into the extortion case, they will find the accuser and her attorneys just as guilty as Dak is innocent.”

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“As I have said from the beginning,” McCathern continued, “Dak is a great football player and an even better human. He would never assault any woman. These false accusations were brought up seven years after the alleged events for one reason and one reason only – to line the pockets of the accuser and her attorneys. Their behavior is an affront to all the true survivors of sexual assault.”

Yoel Zehaie, an attorney for the accuser, released a statement in response to the police not pursuing the charges, noting that it unfortunately “takes a while for victims to come out, and that makes it very difficult to prosecute these cases.”

“We are proceeding with our counterclaims, even though Levi McCathern is using every tactic to prevent us from going to court,” the woman’s attorneys went on, “including attempting to order the law enforcement of the Dallas Cowboys against us, i.e. Prosper [Police], to come after us.”

On Monday, the woman’s attorneys filed a notice to dismiss Prescott’s suit because it violated Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute. In an email, Zehaie said the statute prohibits many forms of retaliatory lawsuits, including ones meant to silence sexual assault victims, and the case was dismissed as a result.

Prescott can proceed with his offseason and avoid any more legal interventions.

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