The Chicago Blackhawks were aware of the sexual assault allegations filed against former player Patrick Kane and agreed to a settlement with the woman, according to a report released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Insurance.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the woman made the allegations in March 2010 after the Blackhawks played a playoff game in Ottawa, Canada, but settled her lawsuit within months of filing.
According to the Tribune, the woman alleged that Kane, then 23, sexually assaulted her during a party at his Buffalo Grove, Illinois, home. The woman’s family wanted Kane to be held accountable, the Tribune reports, and paid Kane a $325,000 settlement just three days after the 2010 Stanley Cup finals ended.
Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, told the Tribune that the Blackhawks were aware of the allegations at the time, but were not the target of the police investigation because the accuser changed her story.
Kane’s legal team didn’t return phone calls on Wednesday afternoon.