The woman accusing Kristaps Porzingis of a brutal rape asked the Knicks in late October to help “mediate” a payment of $68,000 she claimed the Latvian star contractually agreed to pay.
That was among the new details in an ESPN story based on emails, documents and text messages in the aftermath of the alleged rape nearly 14 months ago, which last week was reported by the woman to the NYPD.
Presented with her claims and photos of alleged injuries stemming from the rape, the Knicks ultimately referred the woman to Porzingis’ legal team. The team further washed its hands of the matter by trading Porzingis three months later to the Mavericks, and there’s discrepancy over how much information they shared with Dallas.
Porzingis’ lawyer, Roland G. Riopelle, claims the woman was/is attempting to extort his client, and had previously reported that to the FBI. Text messages from the woman to Porzingis suggest she was interested in continuing an intimate relationship after the alleged rape, according to ESPN. Some of the text messages to Porzingis were “explicit” photos of herself. Others included Porzingis’ invitation for the woman to come to his apartment the night of the alleged incident.
In her email to the Knicks from October, the woman wrote that Porzingis agreed to contribute to her brother’s college tuition after “the extremely aggressive encounter.” The woman also wrote she did not want Porzingis in legal trouble because she’s a Knicks fan.
“After the extremely aggressive encounter, he was very apologetic, loving and caring … hence the offer he made to pay my bro’s tuition and more,” she wrote in the email obtained by ESPN. “Although how he treated me was horrendous, as a Knicks fan, I do not want him to get in any trouble with the law. I stayed back and enjoyed the rest of my time with him. It’s crucial to note the fun times I had with him doesn’t negate the fact that he offered to compensate me as a soothing gift even though I didn’t ask him to.”
The alleged incident occurred in February of last year, just hours after Porzingis tore his ACL at Madison Square Garden. She wrote to the Knicks that she paid $10,000 for corrective surgery because of her injuries and supplied photos that she said showed hair loss and broken nose cartilage. She also asked the Knicks to help her retrieve her “favorite” sandals that were left inside Porzingis’ apartment.
About five months after emailing the Knicks, she reportedly told police that Porzingis punched her in the face and called her, “b**ch” and “my slave.” The woman is black and from Nigeria.
ESPN also obtained a handwritten letter that the woman describes as an agreement with Porzingis for payment of $68,000. Porzingis’ name is misspelled as “Kristap” instead of “Kristaps” in the letter. His lawyer said Porzingis’ signature is forged.
The Knicks traded Porzingis to the Mavericks and cited his desire to leave the organization as the overriding reason. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Knicks told the Mavericks only about the extortion case, not the alleged rape.
The NBA is aware of the situation, and the Player’s Union backed Porzingis in a statement Sunday.