Gang rape case: No government funds involved, says Hockey Canada

OTTAWA — Hockey Canada says it has not “swept under the rug” the alleged gang rape case that recently came to light and says no government funds were used in the out-of-court settlement.

Appearing Monday before the parliamentary heritage committee, the organization’s chief executive, Tom Renney, said that the latter was referred to as a “replaced collaborator” in the financial audit requested by the Minister of Sports, Pascale Ste-Onge.

From the outset, however, he maintained that no public funds were involved and he sought to deny “comments made in public which arose on speculation”.

“Hockey Canada is aware (reported) that we failed to investigate the incident, attempted to cover it up and swept the issue under the rug. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Mr. Renney said.

According to information first reported by the TSN network, a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by eight junior players of the Canadian Hockey League has dropped a lawsuit after an out-of-court settlement.

In the court documents that have been cited, the young woman alleges that she was sexually assaulted several times in a hotel room after a Hockey Canada gala in June 2018.

Mr Renney said the organization alerted the police as soon as they learned of the allegations, “the day after” the incident allegedly occurred. “An independent investigation” was also initiated by Hockey Canada, he said, noting that it was not concluded because the alleged victim chose not to speak with those responsible. “It was his right and we respect his wishes.”

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