Patrick Kane Grand Jury Investigation into Rape Allegations Postponed

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 24:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Team Foligno skates during the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay event of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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A grand jury investigation into the rape allegations made against Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has been postponed, as "three current and former law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case" told Lou Michel of the Buffalo News on Sept. 8.

On Sept. 10, the Chicago Tribune's Jared S. Hopkins and Stacy St. Clair cited sources who suggested that the hearing is expected to be held in "about two weeks."

According to Michel, "The reason for the delay appears to involve the possibility of ongoing settlement talks between attorneys for Kane and the victim, two of the sources said."

Kane was accused of raping a woman in his home in early August after meeting her at a club in Buffalo, New York, per Dan Herbeck and  of the Buffalo News. The woman claimed the 26-year-old invited her and a friend back to his home, followed her into one of the rooms in his house and raped her.

Kane is one of the league's biggest superstars and was even set to be on the cover of EA Sports' NHL 16 this year before the video game distanced itself from Kane in lieu of the investigation.

He finished the 2014-15 season with 27 goals and 37 assists in 61 games while notching 23 points in the team's postseason run, as he helped lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in the past six seasons.

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