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Attorney: NBA star Kristaps Porzingis is accused of rape

1 year 10 months 4 weeks ago Saturday, March 30 2019 Mar 30, 2019 March 30, 2019 8:43 PM March 30, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

NEW YORK (AP) - An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but "unequivocally" denies the allegation.

Lawyer Roland Riopelle (RYE'-oh-pell) said Saturday that the claim against the Dallas Maverick was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI.

Citing unidentified law enforcement officials, the New York Post and other news organizations reported earlier that a woman went to police Thursday and said Porzingis raped her in his Manhattan apartment last year while he was playing for the Knicks.

NYPD officials declined to comment.

Riopelle says Porzingis reported to federal law enforcement in December that the accuser was making "extortionate demands."

The attorney says the NBA was also notified.

Porzingis, a 23-year-old native of Latvia, was traded to the Mavericks in January.

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