Dallas Mavericks owner and tech billionaire Mark Cuban has denied a sexual assault allegation from 2011 that resurfaced this week in a report by Willamette Week, a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Ore.
A woman accused Cuban of drunkenly shoving his hand down her trousers and penetrating her vagina at a downtown nightclub, prompting a police investigation, Willamette Week reported Tuesday night.
But she told Willamette Week she stands behind her claim "1,000 per cent".
"It didn't happen", Cuban told The Associated Press in an email on Tuesday. The news broke just two weeks after Sports Illustrated published a report claiming that Cuban's National Basketball Association team had fostered an hostile work environment, rife with misogyny and sexual harassment.
Mark Cuban was investigated for alleged sexual assault in 2011. Sneed has reportedly been fired since the publication of Sports Illustrated's report.
"Oh! Hell no!" Cuban said to police in response to the allegation, according to Willamette Week. The SI story included allegations of serial sexual harassment of female employees by former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery, as well as separate instances of domestic violence by former team beat writer Earl K. Sneed, who remained on staff in what Cuban would later call "a frightful mistake".
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Cuban was interviewed by Portland cops, and he denied her claim.
One appeared to show Cuban reaching toward the woman's buttocks.
Police also reviewed seven photographs taken of the woman and one of her friends standing next to Cuban at the time.
"It was apparent he was very drunk", the woman's friend later told police.
"In summary, there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim", the memo concluded. The woman appeared to have a "look of surprise and strain" in some of the photos, the officer noted. The story alleged that Mavericks CEO and president Terdema Ussery is notorious for sexual harassment and put the spotlight on other Mavericks staff members as sexual harassment perpetrators.