Lawyer for Lakers' Devin Ebanks denies sex assault allegations
The attorney for the Lakers' Devin Ebanks on Wednesday strongly denied allegations that the player sexually assaulted a woman and said his client was a target after prosecutors announced they would not seek criminal charges in the case.
"Everyone in this city knows that high-profile people are often targets for those seeking money or attention," said attorney Jeff Rubenstein, who is representing Ebanks. "There is nothing here, This is not a case, end of story."
Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Wednesday they would not pursue charges against Ebanks in connection with an alleged sexual assault that was reported Sept. 13 and investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division.
Ebanks and the woman, who was not identified and who went on four dates with Ebanks, had a chance encounter at a club and went to Ebanks' residence, where they began kissing, according to the filing rejection issued by the district attorney's office.
After the woman said she did not want to have sex, Ebanks "got on top of her ... and forcibly penetrated her ..." He then allegedly "pushed her out of his residence," according to the court document.
Prosecutors said a sexual assault exam revealed no finding nor was any DNA found on the alleged victim's body.
"Given the lack of corroborating evidence, this case is declined for prosecution due to lack of sufficient evidence to prove this charge beyond a reasonable doubt," complaint deputy Rouman Ebrahim wrote in the report.
Ebanks will return for his second season when the Lakers face the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day at Staples Center. The Lakers signed Ebanks as a second-round pick in 2010.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound small forward was selected as the 43rd overall pick out of West Virginia University. In two college seasons, Ebanks averaged 11.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 69 games.
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Photo: Lakers forward Devin Ebanks, center, battles Nuggets center Eric Boateng, left, and guard J.R. Smith during a preseason game in 2010.
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