The woman accusing Kristaps Porzingis of sexual assault contacted the Knicks to “mediate” a settlement before calling police, according to emails obtained by ESPN.
The 29-year-old woman was in contact with the Knicks’ legal team between October and November about reaching a settlement of $68,000 over her alleged assault by Porzingis.
Eventually, the Knicks deferred her to Porzingis’ legal team, although a criminal complaint was not filed until later.
According to the report, which cites text messages between the woman and Porzingis and emails with the legal department of the Knicks, the woman wanted a romantic relationship with Porzingis after the alleged assault, which took place hours after Porzingis tore his ACL in February 2018.
She also said she wanted Porzingis to honor his promise to her, which was to pay $68,000 for her younger brother’s college tuition.
In the emails, the woman, who lived in the same building as Porzingis, said she went to his penthouse apartment in the early hours of Feb. 7, 2018 for an autograph. She then said she had an “extremely aggressive encounter” with him, but said afterward he was “very apologetic, loving and caring.”
“Although how he treated me was horrendous, as a Knicks fan, I do not want him to get him in any trouble with the law,” the woman allegedly wrote in an email to the Knicks in October 2018. “I stayed back and enjoyed the rest of the time I spent 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.”
Texts in the weeks after the incident showed the woman trying to spend intimate time with Porzingis, with the woman allegedly sending explicit photos of herself as part of the exchange.
In her correspondence with the Knicks, the woman included photographs of hair loss and a broken nose, saying she needed to have $10,000 worth of corrective surgery to fix the damage.
She also allegedly wrote to the Knicks that she would “litigate this matter if the Knicks legal team fails to properly mediate in private.”
The Knicks ended correspondence with the woman in November and last wrote to her that they “decided to retain counsel to represent him and they will be in touch with you shortly. The New York Knicks will not have any further involvement on Kristaps’ behalf.”
Porzingis, 23, was traded to the Mavericks this past February. Team owner Mark Cuban said the Mavericks’ personnel has been “instructed by federal authorities not to comment” in an email to the New York Post.
Porzingis’ attorney released a statement Saturday that denied the allegations. He also said they had already referred the case to federal authorities in December 2018 due to the “accuser’s extortionate demands.”