Report: Kristaps Porzingis’ alleged rape victim contacted Knicks to ‘mediate in private’ a $68,000 payment
The alleged rape victim of Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis reportedly contacted the New York Knicks, Porzingis’ former team, in private to work out a $68,000 payment, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The woman had wanted to “mediate in private” with the Knicks in hopes that Porzingis would honor the $68,000 payment, which would be used to fund her brother’s college fund:
According to the emails, the woman told the Knicks that she went to Porzingis’ apartment to get his autograph in the late-night hours after Porzingis sustained a serious knee injury at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 6, 2018. After what the woman told the Knicks was an “extremely aggressive encounter,” she said Porzingis agreed to co-sign a statement with her that promised his payment of $68,000.
ESPN acquired texts between Porzingis and the woman, which show the latter sending explicit photos of herself, while showing an interest in pursuing a romantic relationship with Porzingis.
The woman appeared frustrated at Porzingis being “friendly when they crossed paths in their apartment building, but remained far less responsive via text communication.”
A report by the New York Post on Saturday stated the woman told the NYPD on Thursday of the alleged rape that she says occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, 2018 in Porzingis’ apartment.
The police department did not confirm to ESPN if an investigation is under way.
The NBA has been aware of this incident, yet the Mavs offered that the Knicks never really spoke of “rape” allegations, but rather explained it as “extortion” upon finalizing a trade to send Porzingis to Dallas prior to the deadline.