The off-ice troubles are continuing for Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane, as the 25-year-old has had a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who alleges Kane assaulted her in December 2015.
The lawsuit is connected to an alleged incident that occurred in a hotel room near Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on Dec. 27, which resulted in Kane becoming the subject of a sex offense investigation, per the Buffalo News. Kane was not charged with a crime and acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr., said an “examination of all the known facts, including the results of forensic and toxicological testing, neither the provable facts nor the applicable law support the filing of any criminal charges or a prosecution in this matter,” according to the Buffalo News.
News of the lawsuit comes nearly five months after Kane was cleared through the investigation, though the lawsuit itself is dated July 1. In the suit, the plaintiff, Rachel Kuechle, alleges she was assaulted by Kane, which resulted in “bodily injury including lacerations, extensive bleeding requiring multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, and serious emotional trauma.”
The lawsuit only adds to Kane’s legal trouble this off-season. He is in the midst of dealing with several charges related to an alleged incident in a downtown Buffalo bar in late-June. Kane pleaded not guilty to six charges Monday, including one misdemeanor trespassing charge and four charges of non-criminal harassment.
According to the Buffalo News, a bouncer at a downtown Buffalo bar says he got into an altercation with Kane when attempting to remove him from the bar after complaints about his behavior. Kane allegedly pushed the bouncer before being removed from the bar. Three women also allege that Kane grabbed them — one on the wrist, another on the neck and another by the hair.
“People can accuse other people of a lot of things for a lot of different motives,” Kane’s attorney, Paul J. Cambria, Jr., said, via the Buffalo News. “We’ve seen that. We saw that with other prominent sports figures dating way back to the Buffalo Bills, which we were involved in. And people make accusations about other people and courtrooms are where you find out what’s true and what’s fiction.”
The case is set to continue on Sept. 9, but what happens with the lawsuit is yet to be seen.
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