Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis Accused Of Sexual Assault, Woman Says Player Paid Her $68,000
Kirstaps Porzingis was accused this week of sexual assault by a 29-year-old woman. According to emails sent to the New York Knicks, the woman — who lived in the same apartment building as Porzingis — told the Knicks that she went to the player’s apartment to get his autograph in the late-night hours after Porzingis suffered a torn ACL at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 2018. After what the woman called an “extremely aggressive encounter,” she claims Porzingis agreed to pay her $68,000.
The woman reached out to the Knicks eight months after the alleged incident. After documented communication with the franchise’s legal staff in late October to early November, she referred the woman to Porzingis’ personal legal representation. At the time, no criminal complaint had been made.
Porzingis’ attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, said in a statement to ESPN he believes the document is “a forgery.” He added that he has been contacted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office about the sexual assault allegations and that he and his client plan to fully cooperate with the investigation.
“We have been contacted by the district attorney’s office, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation,” Riopelle said through a spokesman. “We have agreed to provide the district attorney’s office with the materials that we previously provided to the federal authorities in support of our extortion complaint. We are confident that, after the district attorney reviews these materials, they will recognize that the complaint made in this case is completely meritless.”