Dallas Mavericks owner and tech billionaire Mark Cuban has denied a sexual assault allegation from 2011 that resurfaced this week in a report by Willamette Week, a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Ore. Following an investigation, the Multnomah County District's Attorney's Office declined to proceed with the case for lack of evidence, and the alleged victim also decided not to pursue charges.
Cuban also voluntarily underwent and passed a polygraph test administered by a former Miami Police detective, the report said.
"I have concluded no crime can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt", Rees wrote in the July 27, 2011, memo. "The complainant requested documentation and investigation of her complaint but has confirmed with me she will not participate in a criminal prosecution and agrees her claim can not be proven". She alleges that while they posed together, he reached down the back of her trousers and penetrated her vagina with a finger.
"If she told five friends right there and then, then that's what they're gonna tell the judge and I'm gonna be fucked", Cuban said. "Cuban. This incident never happened and her accusations are false".
The Willamette Week interviewed the woman, who remains anonymous. "I stand behind that report 1,000%".
Cuban has denied that such an incident took place.
Cuban emailed the Associated Press late Tuesday night, and wrote "It didn't happen".
Portland defense attorney Stephen Houze, who represented Cuban during the police investigation, sent the same message Wednesday morning in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive.
This comes just weeks after a bombshell Sports Illustrated report, alleging sexual harrassment and domestic violence issues within the Mavericks organization. None said they witnessed an assault.
When police contacted Cuban to discuss the women's allegations seven years ago, Cuban's reaction was considerably less measured.
A detective in the case described two of the photos as "significant" in his report, according to Willamette Week.
'Her teeth are clenched, eyes wider than the other pictures and brow raised showing a look of surprise and strain, ' it said.
"He then moved his hand down until it was on her buttocks", Portland Police Detective Brendan McGuire wrote in his summary of the woman's statement.
"It was apparent he was very drunk", the woman's friend later told police.