Woman wanted Knicks to ‘mediate’ with Porzingis

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Eight months after a 29-year-old woman said NBA star Kristaps Porzingis raped her inside his apartment, she contacted the New York Knicks’ legal department to seek to “mediate in private” a payment of $68,000, according to emails obtained by ESPN.

At the time of the woman’s documented communication with the Knicks’ legal staff — late October through early November — no criminal complaint had been filed with New York police. The Knicks eventually referred the woman to Porzingis’ personal legal representation.

ESPN obtained a series of text messages between the woman and Porzingis, as well as emails between her and the Knicks. The texts and emails portray a woman who wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with Porzingis in the aftermath of the alleged assault in February 2018, but who also wanted him to honor what she says was his commitment to contribute $68,000 to a college fund for her brother.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

According to the emails, the woman, who lived in the same apartment building as Porzingis, told the Knicks that she went to Porzingis’ apartment to get his autograph in the late-night hours after Porzingis suffered a serious knee injury at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 6, 2018. After what the woman told the Knicks was an “extremely aggressive encounter,” she said Porzingis agreed to co-sign a statement with her that promised his payment of $68,000.7

Porzingis’ attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, said in a statement to ESPN he believes the document is “a forgery.”

Attempts to reach the attorney for the woman were unsuccessful.

Riopelle told ESPN on Monday that he has been contacted by the New York County District Attorney’s office about the sexual assault allegations and plans to fully cooperate with the investigation.

A woman filed a complaint against Porzingis stemming from the alleged encounter in his apartment in February 2018. Riopelle contacted federal authorities in December, alleging that the woman was trying to extort money from Porzingis.

“We have been contacted by the district attorney’s office, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation,” Riopelle told ESPN through a spokesman. “We have agreed to provide the district attorney’s office with the materials that we previously provided to the federal authorities in support of our extortion complaint. We are confident that, after the district attorney reviews these materials, they will recognize that the complaint made in this case is completely meritless.”

Porzingis, 23, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 31, but he has not played this season as he continues to rehab a torn left ACL.