Evander Kane’s attorney said he is still waiting for word from Erie County prosecutors on whether charges will be filed against the Buffalo Sabres star in connection with an incident in late December involving a 20-year-old woman.
Detectives from the Buffalo Police Sex Offenses Squad have been trying to determine what happened between Kane and the young woman during an encounter early on the morning of Dec. 27. The encounter took place in a downtown hotel where the hockey star lives.
The woman made no accusation against Kane, but when she went to a local hospital, she had little recollection of what happened, and hospital personnel notified police, who have been investigating.
“I’m waiting for an update,” attorney Paul J. Cambria said Wednesday.
He said he is waiting to hear from the Erie County district attorney’s office whether any determination has been made.
“Based on a thorough investigation by our office,” Cambria added, “there is no basis for any kind of charge against Evander Kane. But I’m still waiting to hear anything from the DA, one way or the other.”
Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty declined to comment.
“The one thing I can tell you is that no charges have been filed,” he said.
More than six weeks ago, authorities said they were awaiting the results of toxicology tests before deciding whether to file charges against Kane. When asked Wednesday about the status of those tests, Flaherty said he could not discuss the issue. Sources familiar with the investigation have told The News that Kane maintains that he had consensual sex with the woman after meeting her in a downtown bar and taking her back to his hotel room.
The woman has made no accusations against him, according to law enforcement sources. Police became involved because a local hospital official called them to report that the woman had gone to the hospital for treatment of injuries after spending time with Kane, the sources said.
Hospital officials called police after finding evidence of trauma on the woman’s body and examining her for signs of sexual assault, the sources said. The hospital’s call resulted in police searches of Kane’s hotel room and his sport utility vehicle.
Kane and Cambria have vehemently denied any wrongdoing by the Sabres player.
“I just want to say I’ve done nothing wrong,” Kane told reporters Dec. 28. “I look forward to clearing my name.”
Widely considered one of the Sabres’ top young players, Kane has been on the team’s hot seat this week because he missed a Sabres practice on Monday.
Cambria was also the defense attorney in an unrelated case last year involving Patrick Kane, the National Hockey League’s leading scorer. A young local woman accused Kane, a Buffalo native, of sexually assaulting her in his Hamburg home last summer, but after an investigation, prosecutors decided not to file charges.
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