BUFFALO, N.Y. — The lawyer for a woman accusing Blackhawks star Patrick Kane of sexual assault abruptly quit the case Thursday night, saying he's no longer comfortable representing the woman because of how her mother reported finding an evidence bag they believed once held the woman's rape kit.
Thomas Eoannou (ee-WAHN-oo) said at a news conference he doesn't believe the story he was told about how the bag was found. But he said he's still confident in the woman's allegations against Kane.
Kane's lawyer, Paul Cambria, told the Buffalo News that Thursday's developments show the claim against Kane is a fabrication. "This case needs to go away," Cambria said. "It's tainted from one end to the other."
Eoannou quit a day after holding a news conference to announce that the woman's mother had taken to his office the folded-up paper evidence bag, saying she had found it between the storm door and front door at her home. Eoannou said he confirmed with prosecutors that the bag is authentic. But he said he didn't know what evidence the bag contained.
Police said Wednesday the rape kit and the bag were handled properly.
Eoannou said he met with Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita on Thursday to further investigate the manner in which he received the bag. Sedita said Thursday he would address the issue today at a news conference.
Kane, 26, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman at his offseason home in Hamburg, N.Y., near Buffalo, last month. He has not been charged. He has said he hasn't done anything wrong.