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Beach thanks fans, Blackhawks schedule settlement talks

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
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Exactly 24 hours after revealing himself as John Doe in the sexual assault lawsuit against the Blackhawks, Kyle Beach shared a message on his Twitter account Thursday to thank everyone "for the outpouring of endless love and support" since the Jenner & Block report was made public.

Beach, who was selected by Chicago in the first round (No. 11 overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, also indicated that his battle with the Blackhawks "is really just beginning," with the team attempting "to destroy my case in court."

Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said in Tuesday's press briefing that he has "instructed our lawyers to see if we can reach a fair resolution consistent with the totality of the circumstances."

Later that day, the Blackhawks filed a motion to dismiss the case, but a team spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago on Thursday evening that the filings were made to be in compliance with the court's deadline. The Blackhawks have scheduled settlements talks for early next week with Susan Loggans, the lawyer representing Kyle Beach and the other unnamed alleged victim.

"Consistent with Danny Wirtz’s public statement, Blackhawks litigation counsel reached out to Ms. Loggans on Tuesday to begin discussions," the Blackhawks said in a statement. "A call is scheduled for early next week.

 "As to the filings on Tuesday, in compliance with the Court’s established briefing schedule, we filed our replies in support of our pending motions to dismiss in the ongoing lawsuit on Tuesday’s deadline. Both cases remain pending, but we will engage in good faith efforts to fairly resolve these matters to rectify the harm Kyle Beach and John Doe 2 have suffered to the extent possible."

 

Beach alleges that he was sexually assaulted by former video coach Bradley Aldrich during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blackhawks made organizational changes after the report was made public, which included the removal of Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac from their respective positions.

Here's the full message Beach posted on Twitter:

“I have immense gratitude for the outpouring of endless love and support that has come through within the past 48 hours. Although the results of the private investigation have been released, and the Blackhawks have apologized, my battle is really just beginning, as the Blackhawks continue to attempt to destroy my case in court.

“While I take this time to reflect and continue the healing process, it is a reminder that this is not about me as an individual. This is to promote open communication that will facilitate change for the future, to promote safety, as well as the health and well-being of society as a whole.

“Thank you.”

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