Lakers center remains subject of sex assault investigation in LA

Updated: May 17, 2006, 8:23 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown is still the subject of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that was reported weeks ago, police said Wednesday.

"The investigation's continuing and we're not going to release any information until such a time that there's either an arrest or a prosecution," said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman.

Vernon said he didn't know whether investigators had interviewed Brown, who has maintained his innocence.

"They're continuing to interview witnesses and try to determine exactly what happened," said Vernon.

Brown's attorney, Brian O'Neill, refused to comment Wednesday.

Police revealed May 2 that they were investigating a report of a sexual assault alleged to have occurred early on April 29, hours after Los Angeles beat Phoenix in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series.

Police did not say when the report was filed or by whom. No charges have been filed.

Brown, 24, declared his innocence in a statement issued through the Lakers' office May 2.

"I want to assure everyone that I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing and look forward to the truth coming out when this matter is fully investigated," Brown said.

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