Not long after the lawyer of Patrick Kane’s accuser withdrew from the case over “misrepresentations” about an evidence bag that was allegedly tampered with, Kane’s lawyer said the case should be stopped because the integrity of it is “forever tainted.”
Attorney Thomas Eoannou, who was representing the woman who is accusing Kane of rape, announced Thursday evening he was withdrawing from the case because there “may have been fabrications” as to how an evidence bag ended up at the house of the accuser’s mother.
“I received the storyline from the mother, and I'm not comfortable with that version of events,” Eoannou said.
Paul Cambria, who is representing Kane in the investigation, said a few minutes later that the integrity of the case has been “completely undermined” by the fabricated evidence claims.
Cambria said he hadn’t spoken to Kane at the time of his news conference, but he planned to do so. Kane has been at Blackhawks training camp since it began last week.
Asked if he would try to get the case dismissed, Cambria said, “if I didn’t each and every day dedicate myself to having charges dismissed, I shouldn’t be a defense lawyer.”
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. CT on Friday regarding the tampered evidence. You can watch it on CSN and CSNChicago.com.
"I’m convinced he'll thoroughly investigate this, that he’ll hold those accountable who are responsible,” Cambria said of Sedita. “It’s clear from Eoannou’s comments a misrepresentation was made.”