Allegations that Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz had an inappropriate relationship with a former ballerina have been dropped because she was not a minor during her alleged interaction with him.
Sage Nicole Humphries’ California driver’s license, sent to Sportsnet and verified by her attorney’s office, shows a birth date of October 3, 1997, which makes her 24 years old. It also means she was 18 during her alleged interaction with Katz, who is now 61.
In Nevada District Court on Wednesday, Marc Randazza – the attorney representing Mitchell Taylor Button and Dusty Button, who are defendants in a sexual assault lawsuit brought by Humphries – filed a motion to strike out all references in an application counterclaim to a sexual assault lawsuit that Humphries was “minor”, “minor” or “17”, after Randazza’s team received “reliable information” about Humphries’ age.
In the filing, Randazza said it was “highly unusual for a party to decide to strike portions of its own pleadings,” but the law firm’s previous research that included a LexisNexis report, Wikipedia page, and results Google search results all listed Humphries’ year of birth. to be 1998 and not 1997. Randazza’s filing also indicated that Humphries misrepresented his age.
In the petition, Randazza wrote, “It is simply unfair to accuse Mr. Katz…of being involved with Sage Humphries when she was 17 if there is reliable evidence to the contrary.”
Randazza also filed a “notice of voluntary dismissal” of their claims against Katz on Wednesday. Sportsnet reviewed copies of the motion and notice.
“I would like to personally apologize for any harm the erroneous factual assertions may have caused Mr. Katz and his family,” Randazza wrote in an email to Sportsnet. “We filed the claims in good faith, but when I doubted my ability to sustain them, I took corrective action and asked the court to remove all relevant references from the record.
“No one should repeat these allegations in any context without noticing that they have been withdrawn and repudiated.”
When reached by Sportsnet by phone, a spokesperson for Katz declined to comment further.
Katz has denied any wrongdoing after a civil lawsuit filed in Nevada in July claimed he paid a ballerina at least $75,000 for sexual services.
The allegations were made as part of a third-party counterclaim by Mitchell Taylor Button, a dance teacher, and his wife, Dusty Button, a former member of the Boston Ballet, after a sexual abuse lawsuit from seven ballerinas , including lead plaintiff Humphries, was filed. against them in 2021.
The unproven counterclaim alleged that Katz paid Humphries “at least $75,000 for her sexual services while she remained underage.” Lawyers for Katz and Humphries have denied those allegations by the Buttons, who are accused of sexual abuse.
The original story of Katz’s involvement was first reported by CBC News.
Katz was one of three men listed in the Buttons’ lawsuit for allegedly having sex with Humphries.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Robert Klieger, Katz’s lawyer, denied the allegations “wholeheartedly” in a statement previously sent to Sportsnet, adding that there was “never a sexual relationship of any kind” between Katz and Humphries.
The trial includes an exhibition of alleged texts between Katz and Humphries.
Sigrid McCawley, managing partner of law firm Boies Schiller and an attorney representing Humphries and the other six Ballerinas, previously told NBC News that “Sage had a business relationship with Mr. Katz and there was never any sexual relationship between them.
Claims against Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz withdrawn