Hours after Buffalo Sabre Evander Kane pleaded not guilty Monday to charges linked to an alleged June incident at a Chippewa Street bar, his lawyers confirmed he’s been sued by a woman who alleges he assaulted her in December. They said Kane is about to countersue the woman for false claims.
Paul J. Cambria Jr. and his partner, James T. Scime, said the State Supreme Court suit will be served on Rachel Kuechle and her lawyers within a week or two.
“We are preparing the countersuit now with my partner handling the civil action,” said Cambria, Kane’s criminal attorney.
Kuechle’s suit, dated July 1, claims that Kane met her in a downtown Buffalo bar on Dec. 26 and on Dec. 27 invited her to his hotel room at the Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter. In her suit, the Cheektowaga woman claims Kane assaulted her and caused physical injuries that forced her to undergo surgery. She alleged he caused her serious emotional distress.
Kuechle suffered "bodily injury including lacerations, extensive bleeding requiring multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, and serious emotional trauma," according to her affidavit filed in State Supreme Court.
In March, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and Buffalo Police cleared Kane of any wrongdoing involving the Dec. 27 allegations.
Samuel J. Capizzi, Kuechle’s attorney, told a Buffalo News reporter Monday night that he hasn’t yet “been formally notified that they (Cambria and Scime) even represent Mr. Kane” in the civil action his client has launched.
“As Mr. Cambria has said on a number of occasions recently, the truth will come out in court,” Capizzi said. “We are going forward because we have a meritorious case and we will prove that in court."