FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis stands during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. An attorney for Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but “unequivocally” denies the allegation. Lawyer Roland Riopelle said Saturday, March 30, that the claim against the Dallas Maverick was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Former Knicks star accused of rape by woman trying to extort him: lawyer

April 01, 2019 - 7:37 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) — The NYPD confirmed Monday that there is an investigation into a rape allegation against NBA star Kristaps Porzingis.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that the department has an ongoing probe, but he declined to give further details.

An attorney for Porzingis had acknowledged last week that a woman had accused the Dallas Mavericks forward of raping her in his Manhattan apartment last year while he was playing for the Knicks.

But the lawyer, Roland Riopelle, said the allegation was false and was part of an extortion attempt.

Riopelle said Porzingis reported the woman to the FBI in December.

Riopelle also slammed The New York Post which reported the story over the weekend, adding if the NYPD leaked informatin about its investigation, it would be "a shame."

"It was utterly irresponsible for the New York Post to publish a story that was a result of an irresponsible leak by the police," Riopelle told CNN. "It was terribly irresponsible of the police department to make statements about a situation that was referred to federal authorities regarding extortion. When the facts come out, he will be completely exonerated. The public will learn the woman has committed fraud in the past. It's a long, ugly story."

The FBI declined comment Monday.