After finding out that Patrick Kane's accuser has backed off her pursuit of charges for the Blackhawks forward, citing the immense stress this process has put on her family, the Associated Press reported today that Kane will not face criminal charges for the alleged rape of a woman at his offseason home in Hamburg, New York.
[AP] Prosecutors say Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will not face criminal charges after being accused of raping a woman in his home over the summer.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita on Thursday said a three-month investigation found that physical and forensic evidence tend to contradict the accuser's claim. He says he will not present the case to a grand jury for possible charges.
Kane was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s at his offseason home in suburban Buffalo on Aug. 2.
He has said he did nothing wrong and expected to be absolved.
The Chicago Tribune published quotes from the Eric County District Attorney, who said, "The totality of the credible evidence — the proof — does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant's allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called 'case' is rife with reasonable doubt."
The lack of evidence hardly vindicates Kane, nor does it necessarily mean his accuser was making this up, though you wouldn't know that from the reaction on social media. Jumping to the conclusion that "she was lying" is an awfully bold leap, you guys.
Remember when media were so quick to label Patrick Kane as guilty, dismissing possibility the alleged victim was lying? Well, she was lying.