'Credibility problems' found in rape case against Kings' Doughty
An allegation by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by L.A. Kings player Drew Doughty dates back to March, Hermosa Beach police said.
Sgt. Robert Higgins said the 25-year-old woman told police she met Doughty at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier on March 1. The two went to Doughty’s home, where she turned down a proposition in front of several teammates.
They took a cab to her home, where she accused Doughty of raping her.
The woman reported the incident to police the same day.
Higgins said detectives asked her to call the hockey player while they listened, but she refused. He said the woman has been “less than cooperative” and that the district attorney’s office and police have “found credibility problems.”
The district attorney is expected to decide by Friday whether to prosecute, he said.
The woman has hired attorney Gloria Allred to represent her.
Doughty was the second overall pick by the Kings in the 2008 draft. The Canadian defenseman missed almost all of training camp before this season before signing an eight-year, $56-million deal that made him the team's highest-paid player by average annual value.
He had two goals and four assists during the Stanley Cup Final, along with goals against St. Louis and Phoenix en route to the championship series.
Doughty's attorney, Craig Renetzky, said: “It is under review and we expect a decision on charges to be made within a week.”
—Jeff Gottlieb in Hermosa Beach and Jack Leonard and Helene Elliott
Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty warms up on the ice moments before Game One of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in May. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times