Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Denies 2011 Sex Assault Allegation

A report in the Willamette Week said the woman didn't want to proceed with the allegation

The NBA says it is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.

League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter after the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman's claim that Cuban reached inside her pants and penetrated her vagina with his finger while they were taking a picture in a Portland nightclub.

In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cuban wrote, "It didn't happen."

Cuban also provided a prosecutors' report detailing the decision not to file charges.

Prosecutors wrote that "there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim." The report also said the woman didn't want to proceed with the allegation.

The report Tuesday came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks and included claims of inappropriate sexual conduct by former CEO Terdema Ussery. While Cuban wasn't implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.

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