A civil lawsuit was filed in Kelowna, British Columbia last month alleging that Virtanen took the woman to a West Vancouver hotel in September 2017 and assaulted her as the woman repeatedly said no and begged him to stop.
Virtanen denied the allegation in a response filed on June 1, saying the couple had consensual sex and denying that the woman “expressed any indication, verbal or physical, that she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse. physical activity “.
The allegations have not been tested in court.
Virtanen asks that the lawsuit be dismissed and that the court award him special costs, due to the nature of the allegations.
Virtanen’s attorney declined to comment in an email, saying “Mr. Virtanen will not comment on this. “
The Canucks put Virtanen on leave on May 1, saying in a statement that the team “do not accept any sexual misconduct of any kind and that the allegations as reported are treated very seriously.”