Lawyer for Dak Prescott’s accuser hints at ‘imminent’ lawsuits over alleged sexual assault

A lawyer for the woman who accused Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott of a 2017 sexual assault hinted at imminent lawsuits one day after Prescott filed his own litigation that alleged extortion and denied wrongdoing.

Arlington-based attorney Yoel Zehaie on Tuesday afternoon told KRLD-FM (105.3 The Fan) that Prescott “raped” his client and a civil lawsuit is “very imminent.” He said his client isn’t ruling out filing criminal charges.

In the state of Texas, civil statute of limitations is five years for sexual assault and two years for conspiracy.

Prescott on Monday filed a civil lawsuit in Collin County against the accuser, saying she was trying to extort $100 million from the quarterback to keep quiet about an alleged sexual assault.

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Levi G. McCathern, Prescott’s Dallas-based attorney, didn’t respond Tuesday to The Dallas Morning News.

The incident first came to light Monday when Prescott filed a civil lawsuit in Collin County, seeking monetary relief in excess of $1 million, for what his legal team called malicious lies.

“We will not allow the Defendant and her legal team to profit from this attempt to extort millions from Mr. Prescott,” McCathern said Monday in a statement.

McCathern’s statement Monday said Prescott “has never engaged in any nonconsensual, sexual conduct with anyone.”

Zehaie said he was disappointed Prescott “would try to flip the script and make himself the victim,” and said Prescott’s story had changed over the course of their discussions, ultimately saying the encounter was consensual.

“This story about extortion, we were really taken aback (Monday) when we saw it, but this is just a legal maneuver and I mean, this is a classic move to discredit sexual assault victims,” Zehaie said in his interview on the Cowboys’ flagship radio station.

Zehaie told The Fan his client was afraid to speak about the alleged sexual assault for fear Cowboys’ fans would dismiss it. The News does not typically name victims of sexual assault.

NFL officials said they’re aware of “news reports” regarding Prescott’s legal issue but declined comment. Cowboys officials declined to comment Monday on the lawsuit.

The alleged sexual encounter occurred in Plano in or around Feb. 2, 2017 following Prescott’s rookie season, according to court documents. In a letter Zehaie sent to Prescott’s legal team, it accuses him of sexually assaulting the woman in the backseat of his SUV after she told him she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse.

Their letter dated, Jan. 16, was sent to Prescott’s legal team through his alma mater, Mississippi State, with details of the incident and asking for $100 million.

The woman underwent therapy sessions and problems with her fiancé as the reason it took so long to say anything, the letter said. Zehaie said some sexual assault victims take years before coming forward.

“Well, what’s the price that you can put on a rape?” said Zehaie comparing it to when someone dies. “The trauma that comes from that. The humiliation that comes from that. There’s not a price tag you can put on that. So to be honest, I don’t think 100 million was out of the realm of possibility.”

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