BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The attorney for Patrick Kane is questioning who the real victim is in the ongoing rape investigation involving his client.
Paul Cambria spoke Friday following a press conference from Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, and drew concern about the reliability of Kane’s accuser.
He said that Kane is suffering and warned the public not to jump to any conclusions, to keep an open mind, and to wait until all the facts are in before deciding who has truly been victimized.
Sedita labeled the alleged victim’s mother as the perpetrator of what he called a “hoax” involving an evidence bag being misidentified as containing a rape kit. Sedita said it is unclear if the accuser was in any way involved, but Cambria questioned whether she could be oblivious to the situation.
“She knew the bag contained an item of her clothing,” Cambria explained. “She watched the press conference, she saw what the bag was then being used for, she knew, or should have known it was the same bag, allowed it to be perpetrated, allowed the hoax to go forward.”
Cambria reiterated the possibility of a civil suit being filed against the alleged victim, saying in part, “Those things are not out of the realm of possibility. This is a very serious thing. Obviously, Mr. Sedita is taking it very seriously. He indicated it could have an impact on his course of action going forward…”
He added that to him, the “hoax” of handing over the evidence bag to a legal representative demonstrates at minimum, obstruction of governmental administration. “Why else would you do this if you weren’t trying to undermine something that you weren’t happy with?” he asked.
Cambria even came to the defense of the former lawyer for the accuser, Thomas Eoannou, who withdrew himself from the case Thursday night. “I’ve seen lawyers in the past be duped by their clients, and the ones who, when they figure it out, come forward and do something about it, are the ones who are acting properly.”
Still, Cambria says he wouldn’t have handled the situation the same way as Eoannou, and would have gone to the authorities with the alleged tampered evidence rather than going to the media.