Chicago Blackhawks hockey star Patrick Kane is now the subject of a rape investigation, The Buffalo News has learned. This comes less than two months after Kane’s team won the National Hockey League (NFL) championship. Now, the win seems to be long-forgotten as a young woman had just accused Kane of rape.
Kane has a home in Hamburg, where the unidentified woman also lives. According to her, Kane had taken her to his home and proceeded to rape her. This was after they met in a downtown Buffalo nightclub around Saturday night or early Sunday. Moreover, the said victim had reportedly gone to a local hospital and underwent an examination.
For this high-profile case, Prosecutor Roseanne Johnson, who specializes in cases involving sexual assault, was assigned. Johnson also happens to be the head of the Special Victims Unit in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Meanwhile, Kane is being represented by top defense attorney in Buffalo, Paul J. Cambria Jr. This is actually not the first time that he had represented the hockey player as he also represented Kane back in 2009 when he and his cousin were accused of harming a cab driver in Buffalo.
For the moment, Cambria said he has nothing to say on the latest allegation against Kane when he was contacted by a reporter on Thursday. Moreover, Cambria refused to confirm whether he is actually representing Kane or whether he is aware of the accusation against the star athlete.
Moreover, there are also a number of officials who are reportedly refusing to comment or even confirm that an investigation involving Kane is underway. This includes Hamburg Town Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett and District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks tweeted a statement to Chicago Sun–Times with regard to Kane’s situation.
#Blackhawks say: "We are aware of the matter and are in the process of gathering information. It would be inappropriate to comment further"
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) August 6, 2015