Tests from a rape kit lack DNA evidence from Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane to confirm a woman’s allegations against him, the Buffalo News reported.
Four sources familiar with the case told the newspaper Saturday that there is no DNA evidence in the accuser’s genital area or her undergarments.
Kane, 26, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in August at his offseason home near Buffalo, N.Y. He has not been charged in the case. The Erie County district attorney’s office delayed grand jury proceedings recently.
Kane addressed his ongoing legal issues Thursday when he reported to the team’s training camp at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
“This has been an incredibly difficult time for many people,” Kane said in his first public comments since police began investigating the allegations. “I cannot apologize enough for the distraction this has caused my family, my teammates, this incredible organization and, of course, our fans. While I have too much respect for the legal process to comment on an ongoing matter, I am confident that once all the facts are brought to light, I will be absolved of having done nothing wrong.”
Sources told the Buffalo News that Kane’s DNA was found on the accuser’s fingernails and shoulders, but those sources said the DNA evidence could have occurred from casual contact.
Sources told the newspaper that settlement talks were ongoing between the two sides, but Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, had previously denied any settlement talks.
Kane has helped lead the Blackhawks three Stanley Cup championships in the past six seasons and has scored 205 goals in eight NHL seasons. He signed an eight-year, $84 million contract extension in 2014.