Results from a rape kit conducted during an investigation into an alleged assault involving Blackhawks star Patrick Kane show no trace of Kane’s DNA on his accuser’s genitals or undergarments, according to reports.
The Buffalo News, citing four sources familiar with the case, including a law enforcement source, first reported the DNA results, noting that Kane’s DNA was found on the alleged victim’s shoulder and under her fingernails, but not on her genitals or undergarments. A source also confirmed the results to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Legal experts told the Buffalo News that the lack of DNA evidence does not necessarily mean an assault didn't occur.
Several media outlets in Buffalo have reported that a woman accused Kane of sexually assaulting her at his home last month, but the Hamburg Police Department will only confirm that they are investigating an alleged incident at Kane's home.
Erie County prosecutors reportedly postponed grand jury proceedings involving the investigation earlier this month.
Kane has not been charged with any crime and District Attorney Frank Sedita and police have not disclosed details of the case since announcing their investigation last month.
Kane addressed the investigation Thursday during his first public appearance since the allegations first surfaced saying he’s confident he will be “absolved.”
"I cannot apologize enough for the distraction this has caused my family, my teammates, this incredible organization, and of course our fans," Kane said during a press conference at the University of Notre Dame. "While I have too much respect for the legal process to comment on an ongoing matter, I am confident that once all the facts are brought to light I will be absolved.”
While there have been reports of settlement talks between the two sides, Kane’s attorney told NBC Chicago those reports are “false” and said he is not working with the alleged accuser’s lawyers.
Kane's attorney did not immediately respond to NBC Chicago's request for comment surrounding the reported DNA results.