Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Denies 2011 Sexual Assault Allegation

Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Denies 2011 Sexual Assault Allegation

Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 sexual assault allegation detailed this week in an OR newspaper.

The denial comes after the Willamette Week, an alternative Portland newspaper, published details Tuesday of the case, which prosecutors declined to pursue after citing lack of evidence.

Cuban told the Associated Press in a late night email Tuesday, "It didn't happen". The woman apparently told authorities that Cuban stuck his hand down her trousers and digitally inserted her while the two were posing for a photo in a crowded nightclub.

The allegation came to light by way of a Portland, Oregon publication dubbed the Willamette Weekly, which details an assault claim by a woman against Cuban.

"I filed the report because what he did was wrong", she said.

"Investigators obtained a series of seven photographs taken with a cell phone camera showing the complainant and her female friend standing next to Mr". He also voluntarily passed a polygraph test, according to the report. "I stand behind that report 1,000%". "Cuban and no one observed any inappropriate behavior by Mr. Cuban".

After initially being embarrassed about what she says happened, the woman went to the police a week later.

The detective told Cuban he had several pictures of him with the woman and in two of them his shoulder was dipping and his arm appeared to be reaching down. The woman appeared to have a "look of surprise and strain" in some of the photos, the officer noted. The woman, who was not identified in the article, told Willamette Week, "I really left it in the past". Cuban was not accused of sexual misconduct by any of the dozens of current and former team employees SI spoke with and told SI that he was shocked and abhorred by the investigation.

In the wake of the SI report, Cuban fired Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed, telling ESPN that keeping Sneed on board after multiple domestic violence incidents was "a terrible mistake in hindsight".

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