Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane has hired an attorney as more details continue to emerge in the police investigation involving an alleged incident involving Kane and a woman in Hamburg, N.Y.
Kane has hired attorney Paul Cambria, who also represented Kane in 2009 when Kane pleaded guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct after he was accused of assaulting a Buffalo cab driver. Cambria is known for representing high-profile celebrities, from DMX to Marilyn Manson to Larry Flynt.
The alleged incident happened early Sunday Morning, August 2. Sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Buffalo News about the alleged victim's account. According to the report, she says Kane invited her and a friend to his home after they spent time in downtown Buffalo at SkyBar. The accuser claims that, once they arrived at Kane's home, Kane followed her into a room, overpowered her and raped her. She reportedly called a relative immediately afterward and went to a hospital, where a rape kit was conducted. The sources told The Buffalo News the victim had bite marks on her shoulders and a scratch on her leg. A person who knows the woman described her as frantic and traumatized after the victim called her relative, the Buffalo News said. The police searched Kane's home after the accusation was filed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The alleged victim has also hired an attorney.
This past Saturday, August 8, was supposed to be Kane's public day with the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks won it in June. He cancelled a schedule of appearances, including a hospital visit, a trip to a pizza restaurant and a rooftop bar party, to host the Cup privately with family and friends instead.
The Blackhawks issued a statement last week stating they were monitoring the situation and that, "We are aware of the matter and are in the process of gathering information. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."
The Hamburg Police have stated they're gathering information and "awaiting forensic test results."