July 19th, 2012 by faye
L.A Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been officially cleared of sexual assault charges regarding a woman whom he hooked up with in a bar and allegedly raped.
According to reports, Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to file sexual assault charges on Wednesday against 22-year-old Doughty, who was recently investigated by Hermosa Beach police in connection with a sexual assault allegation.
Previous reports stated that the allegations date to March 1, when a 25-year-old woman met Drew Doughty at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier in California. She subsequently turned down a proposition from the ice hockey player in front of his teammates. Then, they took a cab to her home, where the woman accused Doughty of raping her. The woman is said to have reported the alleged sexual assault to the police the same day. According to the filing declination, the woman told the police that she and Drew Doughty had consensual sex a few months prior to the incident.
The woman claims that during the second incident, Doughty did not threaten her, but that he had “intercourse with her against her will.”
Detectives told “The Times” that they asked the woman to call Drew Doughty while they listened, but then again she refused. He said that the woman has been “less than cooperative” and that the district attorney’s office and police have “found credibility problems.”
The District Attorney said that there is insufficient evidence to prove the sexual assault beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, the ice hockey player will not be prosecuted.
Drew Doughty was the second overall pick by the L.A Kings during the 2008 draft. The Canadian defenseman missed almost all of training camp before this season and before signing an eight-year, $56-million deal which made him the highest paid player of the L.A Kings by average annual value.
Doughty had two goals and four assists during the Stanley Cup Finals, along with goals won against St. Louis and Phoenix en route to the championship series.