Mavs forward Kristaps Porzingis is now under investigation by the New York County District Attorney's office. According to several reports, a woman has alleged that the Latvian-born All-Star raped her last year. In respect to this allegation, Porzingis and his attorney, Roland Riopelle, are cooperating fully.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski shared a statement from Porzingis' lawyer on Monday morning. Though the allegations are serious, Riopelle feels that the claim was made without merit:
“We have been contacted by (New York County) the District Attorney's office and we are cooperating fully with their investigation,” Riopelle told ESPN. “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.”
According to ESPN's report on this matter, the woman told the New York Police Department on Thursday about the alleged sexual assault, which is said to have taken place at the Sky building in New York on Feb. 7, 2018. As part of a $68,000 so-called hush agreement, she waited more than a year to come forward with her story.
The woman reportedly lived in the same building as Kristaps Porzingis while he was a member of the New York Knicks. According to her story, she accepted an invite to his apartment before the alleged attack took place. Riopelle, however, is maintaining his client's innocence:
“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle told ESPN. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser's extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago, and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”
For now, it seems we'll have to wait for more of the details in this case to come out. At the moment, most parties involved are keeping a tight lip.