Mark Cuban Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

Tyler Owen
March 8, 2018

Weeks after the Dallas Mavericks found themselves grappling with a major sexual misconduct scandal, owner Mark Cuban has also come under the microscope over a 2011 allegation of sexual assault in a nightclub.

The allegation, detailed in police reports quoted in Oregon's Willamette Week newspaper yesterday, involved Cuban reaching down the backside of a woman's trousers and penetrating her vagina during a photo snapshot at a crowded Portland nightclub.

But she told Willamette Week she stands behind her claim "1,000 per cent".

Cuban, Wednesday morning, issued a short statement to the Associated Press.

Last month, Sports Illustrated published a report describing an insensitive Mavericks front office that included inappropriate behavior by former team president Terdema Ussery and the team allowing beat writer Earl Sneed to remain on the staff despite allegations of domestic violence.

The Dallas Mavericks' legal woes have now extended to owner Mark Cuban.

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"In both images, Cuban's right shoulder is lowered and he appears to be stretching to reach his arm down", the detective's report says. More specifically, the alleged victim said Cuban "pushed his hand down the back of her jeans and inside her underwear where he cupped his hand over her groin area and inserted the tip of his finger into her vagina".

Cuban has denied all the allegations. His attorney, Stephen Houze, told WW that the accusations are "false" and that the case was thoroughly investigated.

In his 2011 memo, Rees wrote that investigators interviewed friends of the woman with her at the nightclub as well as employees and other patrons.

Police also reviewed seven photographs taken of the woman and one of her friends standing next to Cuban at the time.

Cuban: I mean, wouldn't she have said something to somebody? The woman appeared to have a "look of surprise and strain" in some of the photos, the officer noted.

"There is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim", prosecutors wrote in a report explaining why they weren't pursuing the case, adding that the woman didn't want to proceed either.

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