Former ‘Cane, NFL star Michael Irvin discusses rape accusation

Former University of Miami star and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin held a media conference Tuesday to discuss the rape accusation made against him in March.

His attorney, Ken Padowitz, told reporters that the Broward State Attorney's Office now has all the evidence in the case, which supports what Irvin "has said all along in this situation."

He called on prosecutors to close the criminal investigation into his client. 

A woman claimed Irvin raped her at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

In March, Irvin's attorney, Larry Friedman, said his client was blindsided by the allegations and had known the woman for years and believed the accusation was about money.

"Michael was blindsided yesterday by these allegations," Larry Friedman said in March. "We actually heard about it first from the press. He was shocked and surprised, and he unequivocally denies the allegations that we know of that were made by this young lady."

Padowitz reinforced Friedman's statements, saying that "this person was treated like a member of the (Irvin) family."

TMZ reported the accuser followed Irvin to his hotel room and was only inside for 15 minutes.

The site also reports the woman, who is a cosmetologist, texted Irvin a day after the incident, saying: "Come for a facial when you get back to Fort Lauderdale."

Irvin also spoke during the news conference, once again claiming his innocence, saying: "Nothing happened that night."

He called the woman's allegations against him "heinous" and "false," and asked prosecutors to "make a decision (and) lets move on." 

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