NBC10 Philadelphia - Rosemary Connors
Exclusive new information into an alleged sexual assault in the luxury hotel suite of visiting NBA player Andray Blatche. NBC10's Rosemary Connors reports.
Philadelphia Police investigated Tuesday a possible sexual assault that may have occurred inside the bedroom of a suite where a member of the Brooklyn Nets was staying ahead of the team's game against the Sixers.
Police tell NBC10 that a 21-year-old woman was taken from the Four Seasons Hotel on 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to a local hospital just before 4 a.m. The woman told police she was sexually assaulted by someone inside the hotel, according to investigators.
The Special Victim's Unit told NBC10 a group of men were with the woman at some point overnight at Delilah's Gentleman's Club in Philadelphia. The men that they interviewed claimed they had sex with the woman but that the sex was consensual, according to Special Victim's.
Police say Andray Blatche, a 26-year-old power forward/center on the Brooklyn Nets, was in the hotel suite at the time of the alleged incident but was not in the bedroom where it allegedly occurred. They say he was not involved in the possible assault.
A 41-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were all taken into custody for questioning, according to investigators. Police also say they questioned Blatche though he was not in custody and practiced with the Nets Tuesday morning.
"I had nothing to do with nothing," said Blatche during a shoot around. "I'm just here to play basketball and I'm focused on the game tonight."
"Do you know why a girl would go to the hospital?" asked NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn.
"I couldn't even tell you why," said Blatche. "Maybe she was sick, I don't know."
I'm OK and I didn't do anything. Just was in the area when it happened.
The Brooklyn Nets released the following statement in regards to the incident:
We are aware of the ongoing police investigation regarding a member of the Brooklyn Nets. We will have no further comment until the investigation has concluded. All of our players are available for tonight's game.
Before the Nets' 109-89 win over the Sixers, where Blatche scored 20 points off the bench, Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo reiterated that the team would make no further comments.
"We issued a statement about that, there are no allegations," Carlesimo said.
When asked by NBC10's Rosemary Connors about the investigation involving Blatche's suite, Carlesimo again referred back to the statement.
"Right, and I’m not gonna comment on that."
In an exclusive statement, the attorney for James Scott, one of Blatche’s acquaintances who was questioned, tells NBC10:
Mr. Scott denies vigorously any participation in any alleged criminal conduct currently under investigation. He disputes any accusations concerning himself or anyone alleged to be present. Mr. Scott with the assistance of counsel is working to correctly address the facts however there is simply not enough information at this time.
No one was charged in the incident as of Tuesday night. The investigation continues.
The accuser was also released from the hospital at some point Tuesday.