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Friday January 6, 2012

Chicago Cubs’ Dominican Shortstop Starlin Castro Being Accused of 2011 Sexual Assault

Chicago Cubs’ Dominican Shortstop Starlin Castro Being Accused of 2011 Sexual Assault

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Police are reportedly looking to ask Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro some questions about an incident that allegedly happened in the fall.

An unidentified woman in her 20s has alleged that on the night of September 29, 2011, after drinking with friends and meeting Castro at a River North nightclub, she and a friend went to the ball player’s State Street apartment around 3 a.m.

According to the police report, the woman says she blacked out at Castro’s home and when she awoke, he was raping her. She screamed, then yelled at her attacker before leaving the apartment at 5:30 a.m. with her friend. The friend drove the victim home and it would be 12 hours before she would go to the hospital. At this point, the police became involved, but Castro was already on a plane to the Dominican Republic to be with his family during the off-season. The police have reportedly spoken to the victim’s friend, but it is unclear if anyone else has been questioned.

Friday morning, Castro’s attorney released a statement:

We are aware of certain allegations that have been made against our client, Starlin Castro. We have thoroughly investigated this matter, and we are confident that these allegations are baseless.  Given the sensitive nature of this matter, we cannot comment any further.

Though it is unclear why an incident that allegedly happened in the fall is only coming to light now, it will likely hang a shadow over the Cubs, as Starlin Castro is one of the few bright spots for the club.

It is believed that Castro has not spoken with police in person, as he’s been in the Dominican Republic since the night of the alleged attack. He has neither been arrested nor had charges filed against him.

The Cubs released a statement as well, saying, “We are aware that a police report was filed regarding an incident involving Starlin, but we have received limited information. While this is something we take very seriously, there is not enough information to make any further comment or take action at this time. We are hopeful when the facts are brought to light, Starlin will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”

The 21-year-old player was born in Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic in 1990. Castro was called up to the majors in 2010 by the Cubs. He has a career batting average of .304, with 346 hits. During his first at-bat in the majors, Castro hit a 3-run home run.