CHICAGO, IL. (WIVB) — Months after learning his client would not be charged with any crimes following an investigation into rape, Patrick Kane’s attorney is calling for punishment for the Chicago Blackhawk star’s accuser.
The NHL recently concluded its investigation into Kane, saying claims that he raped a young woman who he met at a Buffalo bar were unfounded. The District Attorney of Erie County announced three months ago charges will not be filed against him.
Because his client has had charges dismissed, Kane’s attorney says he should be considered an innocent man. He says Kane’s accuser should be punished if it’s found she did attempt to manipulate the outcome of the case against Kane.
Investigation came to public light after allegations surfaced against Kane in August, saying Kane forced himself on a woman in his Hamburg home after bringing her back from the downtown bar. The case officially unraveled after the accuser claimed evidence had been tampered with during the investigation.
Frank Sedita, the district attorney at the time, debunked that claim in a press conference, and soon after said the case lacked consistent evidence, noting DNA evidence did not support her claims.
Paul Cambria, Kane’s attorney, claimed his client’s innocence since the beginning and said it should be clear a few months removed from the spotlight.
“A number of people saw that as an indication as the worth of the situation, and that bothered me a lot,” Cambria said. “There’s no more reason to discuss it. People should realize he was never charged, let alone convicted, and he should be treated that way. That’s what we have a legal system for, it’s played out, the criminal aspect has concluded. People should accept that for what it is.”
Ultimately, it’s up to the district attorney to consider pursuing charges against Kane’s accuser and Cambria admitted there’s little chance that would happen.