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Patrick Kane accuser no longer helping with investigation


Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 3:15 PM

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was accused of raping a woman at his Hamburg, N.Y., home in August. The accuser will no longer work with the DA's office due to the stress of the case.Brad Penner/USA Today Sports

The woman who accused Blackhawks star Patrick Kane of rape will no longer cooperate with the investigation.

She notified the Erie County district attorney’s office of her decision last week, The Buffalo News reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper wrote that the stress of the case for both her and her family led to the decision to no longer work with the DA’s office.

The Buffalo News reported that she signed an “affidavit declining prosecution.” It will be still be up to DA Frank A. Sedita III to decide if the case against the NHL star moves forward.

The winger, who grew up in South Buffalo, has been under investigation for allegedly raping the woman at his Hamburg, N.Y., home in August.

Kane, a three-time Stanley Cup winner in Chicago, has denied the allegations.

“I am confident once all the facts come to light I will be absolved,” Kane said at the start of training camp in September.

The Buffalo News quoted three sources for a story on Sunday who said that it was highly unlikely that any criminal charges will be filed against Kane.

Kane, 26, has tallied seven goals and nine assists in 12 games for the Blackhawks to start the season.

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