Report: Rape Accuser and Patrick Kane Are In Talks Ahead Of First Practice
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Sep 17, 2015 4:11PM
Patrick Kane warms up on the ice in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Attorneys for Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and the woman who accused him of rape earlier this summer are trying to find a resolution before the case might lead to charges against the hockey player, sources told the Tribune.
Though Kane's attorney Paul Cambria denies any settlement talks between the parties, anonymous sources told the Tribune that attorneys are trying to come to an agreement, though both Kane and his accuser refuse to back down.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described a fluid situation in which both Kane and his accuser have refused at times to acquiesce because they both view themselves as the wronged party.
"Each of them has threatened to walk away and just let the justice system take care of it," one source said. "They both say the truth is on their side."
Patrick Kane is slated to hit the ice Friday for the Blackhawks' three-day, preseason training camp, amid a grand jury investigation into accusations that he raped a woman in Buffalo, New York earlier this summer. The grand jury is expected to meet later this month after being postponed by prosecutors for unknown reasons.
Cambria denied the reports of settlement talks to the Tribune, but stressed that Kane is hoping to get back to playing hockey as soon as possible.
"Obviously Patrick would like to be on the ice playing hockey, have this all be put behind him," Cambria told the Tribune. "That's the goal. That's what we're all working toward."