National Basketball Association star Kristaps Porzingis reportedly accused of rape in NY

Report: NYPD investigating rape claim against Porzingis

Porzingis, a 23-year-old native of Latvia, was traded from the Knicks to the Mavericks in February but has yet to play a game for the Dallas franchise as he continues to recover from injury.

"We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations", Riopelle said in the statement.

Porzingis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee earlier that night in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Mavericks and Knicks both declined to comment on the matter. She only reported the alleged attack to police Thursday and apparently was in discussions for $68,000 in hush money.

A high-ranking source with the NYPD told the Post that the woman in her 20s is considered credible.

Mark Cuban, in an email to the Post, said the team is aware of the accusation, but "we have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment". We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. The Post said Cuban copied the email to National Basketball Association officials and Porzingis' representatives. He then went home and invited the woman to his luxury Manhattan apartment where she alleges she was sexually assaulted, the Post said the woman told police. She reportedly told police he visited her at her apartment around 2 a.m. before she accepted an invitation to come to his residence.

According to the New York Post, the NYPD's Special Victims Division has taken over the case.

Riopelle says Porzingis reported to federal law enforcement in December that the accuser was making "extortionate demands".

The Mavericks were also reportedly fully aware of the allegations against Porzingis when they made a decision to trade for him this season, and still pulled the trigger on the trade.

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