Mark Cuban Investigated for Alleged Sexual Assault in 2011

Mavs owner Mark Cuban denies 2011 sex assault allegation

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Tuesday denied an allegation of sexual assault in 2011 reported this week in Willamette Week, a Portland alt-weekly newspaper.

"Because all leads have been exhausted and there remains a lack of physical or substantial circumstantial evidence", Portland Police Detective Brendan McGuire wrote July 28, 2011, "I recommend the case be suspended".

Cuban emailed the Associated Press late Tuesday night, and wrote "It didn't happen". While the picture was being taken, the Mavericks' owner allegedly thrust his hand down the back of the woman's jeans and "penetrated her vagina with his finger". She told the newspaper she never sought media attention or money from Cuban and has moved on from the incident.

"I filed the report because what he did was wrong", she said. "Cuban and no one observed any inappropriate behavior by Mr. Cuban". A friend of the woman later claimed Cuban was drunk at the time of the alleged assault, according to the Willamette Week.

In addition to the polygraph test, Cuban's claims that he didn't assault the woman were buoyed by two George Washington University medical school urologists who gave Portland police an opinion indicating Cuban couldn't have committed the crime. But McGuire did say, "There are two pictures that do appear to have your shoulder dipping and your arm sort of, if you follow the direction of it, down below her waist". "I stand behind that report 1,000 percent".

The woman reportedly submitted photos to the police department, which have not been publicly released. "How would I get, I mean, she wouldn't say something right there and then and smack the shit out of me?"

Last month, Sports Illustrated published a report detailing several instances of alleged sexual harassment and domestic violence by Dallas Mavericks employees, including former president and CEO Terdema Ussery. Then, reports surfaced that Cuban knew about the abusive past of one of the Mavericks' top employees, yet still made a decision to let him keep his job.

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