Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has denied allegations of a 2011 sexual assault after a Portland, Oregon newspaper published details of the case in wake of a Sports Illustrated report that labeled the Mavericks workplace, "a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior". More specifically, the alleged victim said Cuban "pushed his hand down the back of her jeans and inside her underwear where he cupped his hand over her groin area and inserted the tip of his finger into her vagina".
Her reluctance was allegedly motivated by her desire to remain anonymous as she did not want to be "labeled "that girl" and involved in a sex scandal with Mark Cuban".
The woman who went to police back in 2011, however - whom Willamette Week did not name because she's the alleged victim of sexual assault - maintains that Cuban crossed a line on that night at the Barrel Room in Portland's Old Town neighborhood.
"These allegations are thoroughly investigated by the Multnomah County District's Attorney's Office and the Portland Police Bureau", Cuban's attorney Stephen Houze said in a statement. Thugh his accuser stands by her claims years later, Cuban denies anything happened.
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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. "In one of the pictures, his arm can be seen behind [the alleged victim] and it appears Cuban is reaching down toward her buttocks". "Cuban. This incident never happened and her accusations are false".
The woman declined to proceed with the allegation at the time but she still contends he did what she accuses him of doing. "How would I get, I mean, she wouldn't say something right there and then and smack the shit out of me?"
We'll keep you updated on the situation. However, when contacted by Willamette Week she maintained that Cuban had assaulted her. Oh my God. [sighs] I don't know what to do.
Cuban also voluntarily underwent and passed a polygraph test administered by a former Miami Police detective, the report said. "One stated, "[Cuban] is a large male with large hands, making penetration without lubrication of the woman in the standing position virtually impossible".