Fri May 21 01:49pm EDT
Crazy, developing story out of Washington D.C. on Friday. Former NHL defenseman and current Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was arrested Friday morning for allegedly sexually abusing a woman in her 20's at the Mayflower Hotel. TMZ is reporting that the woman who filed the complaint is Hardy's 21-year-old daughter.
Hardy will face a judge Friday on the charge of misdemeanor sexual abuse.
Pressed for comment, the Kings released the following statement on the matter:
We are aware of the charge. Due to the legal nature of this matter, we will not have any additional comments at this time.
A 15-year NHL veteran, Hardy played with the Kings, Minnesota North Stars and New York Rangers, and has been an assistant coach with the team since the 1999-00 season with a stop in Chicago in-between.
UPDATE: NBC Washington has more information:
"D.C. police said Hardy and a relative returned to a room at the Mayflower Hotel at about 1:15 a.m. Friday. Police said the woman got into a bed, and a short time later Hardy allegedly got into the bed and fondled her. She then called police, investigators said.
At a Superior Court hearing, Hardy was ordered to stay away from the relative both in D.C. and L.A. He will be released on his own recognizance."
UPDATE #2: The Los Angeles Times reports that Hardy was charged with felony sexual abuse and was ordered to turn over his passport. He's due back in court on June 4th.