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*Brian McKnight is responding to allegations that a porn star was raped in his home in 2008 while he was out of town, RadarOnline.com reports.
The allegation was made by Alana Evans on her Twitter page, which became public via a story from Media Takeout. McKnight confirms that the matter was thoroughly investigated by police, but the accused man was not arrested.
Evans has since closed her Twitter page to outsiders but according to Media Takeout’s report, she claimed the LAPD did nothing to help her because of her profession. Now McKnight, the Grammy-winning singer and talk show host, is speaking out.
“We take the accusations made by Ms. Evans very seriously,” McKnight says in a statement to RadarOnline.com.
“I was made aware of a party at my house in my absence in December of 2008. I was in NYC, and both my boys (ages 15 & 17 at that time) were at the house with some friends. I can confirm that Ms. Evans was in fact at the house, as I discovered she provided some of the liquor.
“Being as I was not home at the time, I cannot speak absolutely regarding all the events of the evening, however my sons did inform me that due to Ms. Evans level of intoxication, that they placed her alone in a bedroom so she could “sleep it off.” The next morning Ms. Evans stayed and socialized at the house until approximately 2PM.”
Evans says the man who raped her is Nicholas Hayes, and McKnight acknowledges that allegation.
“Two days after the party, Ms. Evans contacted the LAPD,” McKnight continued in the statement. “The police came to the house and questioned the entire family and Mr. Hayes with the full cooperation of the McKnight family. Mr. Hayes retained a lawyer, and cooperated in a month long investigation. The police concluded that no rape had occurred, and no charges were ever filed. This information is all part of the official police report.
“Rape is a very serious matter, and not something we take lightly. I truly hope that Ms. Evans was not discriminated by the police because of her profession. I believe that the police concluded simply that no crime had taken place.
“That being said,’if I ever had knowledge of such a vile and reprehensible act by anyone whether they were friends or family, I would never work to ‘protect’ that person. The statement that Mr. Hayes has been banned from my home is not true. “
He signs off: “Thank you, Brian, Brian Jr & Niko McKnight.”