Mark Cuban On Resurfaced Sexual Assault Claim: "It Didn't Happen"

Mark Cuban On Resurfaced Sexual Assault Claim:

Mark Cuban On Resurfaced Sexual Assault Claim: "It Didn't Happen"

The NBA is reviewing allegations of sexual assault made against Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in 2011, league spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday.

While she posed for the photo with Cuban, the woman told police, the Mavericks owner thrust his hand down the back of her jeans and down her buttocks before sticking his finger in the woman's vagina against her will. Following an investigation, the Multnomah County District's Attorney's Office declined to proceed with the case for lack of evidence, and the alleged victim also decided not to pursue charges.

Rees also said a polygraph test taken by Cuban and written opinions by two East Coast physicians that found the reported assault improbable offered "significant evidence" against the woman's claims.

The woman, however, stood by her claim while speaking to the Willamette Week.

"I filed the report because what he did was wrong", she said. "I stand behind that report 1,000%".

Cuban, while being investigated by police for the alleged assault, expressed panic at the idea of being accused and uncertainty of how to defend himself. "Cuban. This incident never happened and her accusations are false".

Cuban wrote to the Associated Press Tuesday that the incident "didn't happen".

The report included claims of inappropriate sexual conduct by former CEO Terdema Ussery and raised questions about what Cuban knew and when.

The allegations come weeks after Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther published an investigation that highlighted a "corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior".

In his 2011 memo, Rees wrote that investigators interviewed friends of the woman with her at the nightclub as well as employees and other patrons. "I haven't thought about it for seven years". In it, the woman's friend said that Cuban was, "Very drunk" and that "His eyes were half closed, he was unstable on his feet, and he was slurring his words". "While in the bar did you stick your finger in any woman's vagina?"

In a report explaining why they weren't pursuing the case, prosecutors wrote that "there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim".

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