Early last month, Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was accused of raping a woman in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite an ongoing investigation into the alleged sexual assault, Kane has taken part in training camp for the Blackhawks this month—and caused plenty of controversy while doing it. But now, there has been a startling new development in the case.
Earlier today, Tom Eoannou, the attorney for Kane's accuser, held a press conference in Buffalo to address a "troublesome" leak that has taken place during the police investigation. According to him, someone was able to access the rape kit evidence bag from the case. That person then ripped it open, went through it, and delivered it to the home of the accuser's mother.
Eoannou is now calling for an independent investigation into what happened.
"I have great concerns with what's going on here," he said during the press conference. "That's why we're calling for an independent investigation by a separate law enforcement agency."
Kane has not been charged with anything as of right now. A grand jury is expected to look at evidence from the case in the coming weeks to decide whether or not criminal charges should be brought up against him. But obviously, this latest development could affect their ability to make a decision.
"In my 30 years plus of being a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have never seen an evidence bag outside of a police lab, the prosecutor's office, or courthouse," said Eoannou, who has suggested that the FBI should get involved. "Let alone find one in the doorway of a rape victim's mother's home."
Eoannou also said told reporters the woman is "devastated" by what has happened.
“She is devastated,” he said. “This is a classic example of why victims don’t come forward in rape cases. This is the worst example of victim bashing that I have seen.”
Stay tuned for additional details.
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[via CBS Chicago]