Patrick Kane Reacts To Reports He Won't Be Charged In Sexual Assault Investigation
By Kate Shepherd in News on Nov 2, 2015 4:07PM
Patrick Kane does not know whether recent reports that he won't be charged for an alleged sexual assault are true.
The Buffalo News reported over the weekend that three sources close to the investigation told them that the Blackhawks star would not face criminal charges.
Following Blackhawks practice on Sunday, Kane responded to the latest news and addressed the numerous conflicting reports that have plagued the investigation since it started in August, according to the Tribune.
"There's been a lot of reports, a lot of things that have been said that have been wrong," Kane said to reporters. "A lot of things that have been said that may have been accurate too. We've kind of stayed even keel the whole time ... leaving it to the facts and what actually happens instead of going off sources and different reports."
Doubts about the accuser's rape accusations have emerged, making it unlikely that the investigation will presented to a grand jury, the Buffalo News reported:
"This case is going nowhere," one knowledgeable source told The Buffalo News when asked about the possibility of criminal charges.
"I was told...the case will be administratively dismissed" without being presented to a grand jury, a second knowledgeable source added.
The case took an unexpected turn in September when the accuser's attorney Thomas Eoannou stepped down and Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said that the accuser's mother lied about a rape kit bag being left at her home.
The incident allegedly happened at Kane's Hamburg, New York home on Aug. 2 following a night out at a bar in downtown Buffalo. Despite intense media scrutiny and tons of publicity, he's continued to play with the Blackhawks during the investigation.
Kane, who's always maintained his innocence, said he's looking forward to the end of the investigation.
"You understand the law and I'm not the only case that's going on in that area, in that district," he said. "It seems like it's been a long time even though it's been about three months, and obviously you're looking forward to any type of conclusion, whatever it may be."