The accuser is "believable", the source said, despite her not reporting the alleged attack until over a year later, and her admission to cops that she discussed getting $68,000 in hush money from the multi-millionaire baller.
Former New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson, left, and first-round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis address the media at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility on June 26, 2015, in Tarrytown, N.Y. Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on January 31, 2019.
The newspaper said the woman told police that after she entered the 7-foot-3-inch player's home he held her down and raped her.
It remains to be seen what steps are taken next as the investigation remains ongoing. Owner Mark Cuban is aware of the accusation as the Mavericks were informed about it on a conference call to finalize the trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. She was attempting to extort Mr. Porzingis by damaging his reputation as well.
Porzingis reportedly visited her apartment at 2 a.m., then invited her back to his place, at which point the alleged rape occurred.
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The woman said she waited more than a year to report the rape because of the money Porzingis promised in exchange for her silence.
The incident is said to have taken place on February 7, 2018 - a day after Porzingis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing in his last game for the Knicks. He never played for the Knicks again due to the injury and the recent trade.
Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks during the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Knicks were reportedly contacted by the New York Post about the allegation.
National Basketball Association spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN the league is "aware of the situation".