Eight months after a 29-year-old woman said that 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.
A woman who accused Kristaps Porzingis of sexually assaulting her in his apartment tried to “mediate” a payment of $68,000 with the NBA star, according to emails and text messages obtained by @wojespn. https://t.co/IgvOGpZBS8
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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.
Porzingis’ attorney, in a statement to ESPN, said he believes the document is “a forgery.”
In the alleged agreement, the woman wrote: “This agreement effective February 7, 2018, acknowledges the fact that an unexpected escalated sexual intercourse due to an inevitable physical attraction on the part of Kristap (sic) occurred subsequently, warrants compensation payable towards (the woman’s) siblings college tuition in the amount of $68,000. …
” … Mr. Kristap (sic) willingly offered several compensations to (the woman) including business investments. (The woman) ultimately settled with Mr. Kristap’s (sic) offer of a $68,000 check.”
In a statement to ESPN on Sunday, Riopelle said: “Mr. Porzingis denies signing the alleged contract, which we believe is a forgery. When asked to produce the original contract for handwriting analysis, the complainant declined to do so.”
Attempts to reach the attorney for the woman were unsuccessful.
This all sounds bizarre.
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