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Source: Kings' Williams accused of sexual assault

SACRAMENTO -- A year of legal woes for the Sacramento Kings continued Thursday when police said reserve center Justin Williams is a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that occurred inside his North Natomas home last week.

The alleged victim is an acquaintance of Williams. She's a Sacramento mother of two, law enforcement sources told The Sacramento Bee. She reported the assault last Friday at a hospital.

According to the sources, the woman told police she met Williams and another woman at a party the night of Oct. 11 and went with the pair to Williams' home. The woman told police she didn't drink before arriving at Williams' home and felt woozy after having a drink at the house.

The alleged victim told police Williams and the other woman tried to have sex with her in Williams' bedroom early Friday morning, according to three sources who asked to not be identified because the investigation is continuing.

The woman went to a hospital later that day and notified staff of the alleged assault, Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Matt Young said. She submitted to a rape examination at UC Davis Medical Center and filed a police report at the hospital, sources said.

Neither Williams nor the other woman at the house has been charged. Police said both have been cooperative in the investigation.

Williams hasn't been available for comment, and no one answered the door at his home Thursday. His attorney, William J. Portanova, said, "The allegation of criminal misbehavior by Justin Williams is unfounded.

"We are confident that this investigation will conclude with an official determination that Justin Williams committed no crime," Portanova said in a prepared statement.

Williams was with the Kings in New Mexico this week for two exhibition games, then was given an indefinite leave of absence by team officials and returned to Sacramento on Thursday, Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said. Petrie said team officials advised Williams to "get legal counsel."

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