Mete says Hockey Canada has interviewed him in reopened investigation

Ottawa Senators defenceman Victor Mete. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Victor Mete says he was interviewed by Hockey Canada as part of its reopened investigation into 2018 sexual assault allegations involving members of the 2017-18 Canadian world junior team.

Mete posted a statement on Twitter about the interview.

Mete, who signed with the Leafs last month, previously issued a statement in June saying he was in Jamaica when the event said to have taken place occurred in London, Ont.

In his most recent statement, Mete said he will continue cooperating with police, Hockey Canada and the NHL to “get to the truth of this matter.”

Hockey Canada is requiring all players on the 2017-18 world junior roster to participate in the investigation, which will continue to be led by an independent third-party. Players who do not cooperate will be banned from all Hockey Canada activities and programs.

In April, a woman filed a lawsuit against Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League, and eight unnamed CHL players stating she was sexually assaulted in a London, Ont. hotel room following a Hockey Canada gala event in June 2018. The woman wishes to remain anonymous and did not name the alleged perpetrators, who are referred to as John Does 1-8 in the official statement of claim. The lawsuit was settled in May. The case has not been heard in a court of law.

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