BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The attorney who was representing the alleged victim in the Patrick Kane rape investigation announced late Thursday that he can no longer represent his client.
“In keeping with my ethical obligations as an officer of the court, I can no longer represent my client effectively,” Thomas Eoannou said during a press conference Thursday night, citing misrepresentations.
The latest twist comes just one day after Eoannou publicly made claims that evidence in the case had been tampered with after an evidence bag was left at the home of the alleged victim’s mother.
Eoannou explained that he still believes the evidence bag to be authentic, but he no longer has confidence in the “manner and means” to which it got to the mother’s house. He went as far as to say that there were “fabrications” concerning the bag.
“I no longer have confidence in the manner and means in which that bag came to my office,” he said. “Our investigation looking into it revealed that there may have been some fabrications concerning the bag.”
Eoannou added that he made every effort throughout the investigation to represent his client’s interests. He says his resignation in no way changes the truth about what happened on the night in question.
“I’m not sure what anyone was trying to do in this case,” he said. “I can only tell you that I wasn’t comfortable at the end of today as to the way in which I received the bag and the information I was provided. My concern is what the bag contained. My investigation indicates that it may have been represented to me in a manner that I don’t have confidence in. That’s all I can say. I don’t have confidence in the way I was told the bag was found.”
The family of the victim told the Associated Press early Friday morning they were disappointed their attorney has withdrawn from the case, and they had every intention of pursuing the case to a “just conclusion.”
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita is expected to hold a press conference about the investigation Friday morning.
Kane has not been charged with any crime.
Watch Thomas Eoannou’s announcement below.