The sexual encounter between Evander Kane and woman in a Buffalo hotel room late last year has resulted in a counterclaim, this time the Buffalo Sabres star forward claiming the woman has damaged his reputation.
Buffalo police began investigating the incident in December, when the woman told hospital staff she could not remember what happened after meeting Kane in a downtown bar and then going to his hotel room. Police in March concluded nothing illegal happened.
Then in July, the Cheektowaga woman filed suit against Kane, claiming he assaulted her in his hotel room at the Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter. She said suffered physical injuries that forced her to undergo surgery and that she also suffered serious emotional distress.
Now Kane’s counterclaim filed last week says Rachel Kuechle’s suit is “a sham” lawsuit “brought for the sole purpose of defaming” Kane. He seeks unspecified damages.
Kane’s attorneys claim any contact between Kuechle and Kane “was consensual and [the] plaintiff willingly engaged in such contact.”
His attorneys also asserted Kuechle bears some responsibility for what happened, claiming “the plaintiff’s culpable conduct caused or contributed to the accident, injuries and/or damages alleged in the complaint...”
Kuechle “failed to take reasonable precautions for her own safety and otherwise failed to take reasonable actions to mitigate or minimize her alleged damages,” according to the court papers.
“This action was commenced in bad faith solely to harass the defendant,” Kane’s attorneys wrote.
Kane’s attorneys said at the start of August they planned to countersue.
No criminal complaint was ever filed against Kane. The investigation began after the woman sought medical treatment at a local hospital and told hospital staff she could not remember what happened.
The Sabres are scheduled to open training camp with physicals on Thursday. On-ice workouts that will be open to the public start Friday.