The woman accusing Kristaps Porzingis of sexual assault contacted the New York Knicks’ legal department to seek to “mediate in private” a payment of $68,000, according to emails.
At the time of the communication with the Knicks, no criminal complaint had been filed. The Knicks eventually referred the woman to Porzingis’ personal legal representation.
The texts and emails portray a woman who wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with Porzingis in the aftermath of the alleged assault in February 2018, but who also wanted him to honor what she says was his commitment to contribute $68,000 to a college fund for her brother.
The woman told the Knicks that she visited the apartment of Porzingis to get his autograph, but after an “extremely aggressive encounter,” she said Porzingis agreed to co-sign a statement with her that promised his payment of $68,000.
Texts spent in the weeks after the alleged assault included the woman asking to spend more time with Porzingis.
Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, issued a statement Sunday: “We have been aware of these allegations for some time, have evaluated the accuser’s claims and, based on what is presently before us, stand with Kristaps.”
In the alleged agreement, the woman wrote: “This agreement effective February 7, 2018, acknowledges the fact that an unexpected escalated sexual intercourse due to an inevitable physical attraction on the part of Kristap (sic) occurred subsequently, warrants compensation payable towards (the woman’s) siblings college tuition in the amount of $68,000. …
” … Mr. Kristap (sic) willingly offered several compensations to (the woman) including business investments. (The woman) ultimately settled with Mr. Kristap’s (sic) offer of a $68,000 check.”
In her correspondence with the Knicks, the woman included a photograph that she said showed hair loss and broken nose cartilage, “from when he repeatedly hit me.” Several days after the alleged encounter, the woman wrote that she had to pay “about $10,000” for corrective surgery.