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Mike Comrie Will Not Face Rape Charges from Reported February Assault

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2017

Edmonton Oilers center Mike Comrie warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Former NHL center Mike Comrie won't face rape charges following an investigation into an alleged sexual assault at his Los Angeles residence in February.

On Saturday, TMZ Sports reported prosecutors cited "reasonable doubt" over the accusation of non-consensual anal sex.

The accuser told police she was one of two women with Comrie on Feb. 11. The first woman had consensual sex with the retired hockey player and left. Then the accuser also had consensual sex with Comrie but said he crossed a line by forcing her into sodomy, per TMZ Sports.

Prosecutors obtained an audio recording from the woman's phone, which she recorded after a second consensual encounter. In it, the 36-year-old longtime NHL player sounded "heavily intoxicated," per the report. He stated all of the acts were consensual.

Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail reported in March that Comrie, the ex-husband of singer Hilary Duff, submitted a DNA sample for testing during the investigation.

TMZ Sports added that examiners at a rape treatment center were unable to determine whether injuries the woman suffered came from consensual or non-consensual sex.

Comrie was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round of the 1999 NHL draft. He played for six teams across a 10-year career. He last played with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2010-11 season.