Monday, 19 March, 2018

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denies sexual assault allegation resurfaced from 2011

Mark Cuban was investigated for sexually assaulting woman in 2011 Report claims a woman told police Mark Cuban sexually assaulted her in 2011, but Mavericks owner was never charged
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 19:27

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was reportedly investigated in 2011 by Portland, Oregon, police after a woman claimed the billionaire sexually assaulted her at a bar in the downtown part of the city.

"Oh! Hell no!" Cuban said to police in response to the allegation, according to Willamette Week. While they smiled for the camera, she claimed, he thrust his hand down the back of her jeans and penetrated her vagina with his finger. "It didn't happen", he wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Yet a friend of the woman also reportedly told officers that Cuban was "very drunk ... his eyes were half closed, he was unstable on his feet, and he was slurring his words".

The Week's story comes on the heels of a Sports Illustrated story that described a Mavericks front-office organization at that time that was rife with sexual harassment amid a "corrosive workplace culture".

The woman who filed the report told Willamette Week that she stands by her claim.

The woman told police she encountered Cuban in late April at the Barrel Room, at 105 NW 3rd Ave., and asked him to pose with her for a photograph.

The woman spoke with The Week recently and told the paper that she had "never contacted the media or sought publicity or compensation from Cuban and has put the incident behind her".

"He then moved his hand down until it was on her buttocks", according to McGuire's summary of the victim's statement.

The woman also provided photos to the police and to the publication.

According to the report, in May 2011 a woman (who WW did not name) reported an assault by Cuban.

Cuban steadfastly denies the accusation throughout the conversation and re-iterated his denial in a statement to the Week. HuffPost has reached out to Cuban for additional comment. Cuban fired two employees over the allegations in the report.