It now appears more likely than ever that the rape case against Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will soon be coming to a close with no charges filed.
According the multiple sources at The Buffalo News, it is being reported that the woman who accused the 26-year old of raping her three months ago no longer wishes to cooperate in the investigation. The reason being is that the case has apparently brought about “tremendous stress for her and her family”.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office has refused comment on this latest report from the news.
It was reported on Sunday that charges were unlikely going to be filed against Kane based on the direction of the investigation. From information regarding no DNA evidence being found near the woman’s genitals to the “hoax” by her mother that involved what was claimed to be an evidence bag, the case had been falling apart for quite a few weeks. There are just too many question marks to build up a substantial case against Kane.
The events of the accuser’s mother even led attorney Thomas J. Eoannou to remove himself from the case as the lawyer for the alleged victim after it had been determined that the evidence bag had never been removed from the proper location.
Kane commented on the reports of him not being charged on Monday saying that that he’s going to leave everything to facts once it officially comes out.
“There’s been a lot of reports, a lot of things that have been said that have been wrong,” Kane said via the Chicago Tribune. “A lot of things that have been said that may have been accurate too. We’ve kind of stayed even keel the whole time…leaving it to the facts and what actually happens instead of going off sources and different reports.”
The case against Kane hasn’t seemed to impact his play on the ice one bit as he has accumulated 16 points (7+9) in the first 12 games of the season.
The Hockey Writers has reached out to the attorney for Kane, Paul J. Cambria, for comment on the latest report, but that call has yet to be returned. There has been no speculation as to whether the accuser intends to file a civil lawsuit against Kane.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.