Sexual Assault Claim Against Mark Cuban Resurfaces After 7 Years


Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban was investigated in 2011 on allegations of sexual assault in Portland, according to a report from Willamette Week.

According to a police report obtained by Willamette Week'sNigel Jaquiss (NSFW content), a woman said Cuban assaulted her after she asked him for a picture at the Barrel Room when the Mavericks were in Portland for a first-round playoff series with the Trail Blazers. She says that despite the fact no charges were filed, she stands behind her report "1,000 percent".

Cuban told the Associated Press in a late night email Tuesday, "It didn't happen".

However, the new report comes at a particularly inopportune time for Cuban, as it follows a high-profile Sports Illustrated report, published two weeks ago, detailing "a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior" in the Dallas Mavericks organization.

The woman discussed the matter with family and friends before reporting it to police more than a week after the alleged incident.

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Cuban has denied that such an incident took place.

"The case detective and the complainant both agree with the conclusion there is no corroborative evidence to support the complainant's allegation", wrote senior deputy DA Don Rees on July 27, 2011, via Williamette Weekly.

Through his lawyer, Stephen Houze, Cuban reiterated his denial.

Meanwhile, Cuban "repeatedly and adamantly denied" the woman's allegations during a voluntary recorded interview with a Portland police detective, according to the memo. The detective also noted that the woman's "teeth are clenched, eyes wider than the other pictures and brow raised showing a look of surprise and strain". "How would I get, I mean, she wouldn't say something right there and then and smack the shit out of me?" "Oh my God, I don't know what to do".

He wasn't. McGuire's investigation concluded with a recommendation that "the case be suspended", due to the exhaustion of all leads and a lack of evidence to corroborate the woman's claims.