NHL star Auston Matthews is off the hook in his pants-dropping case … he settled with the woman who accused him of dropping trou in front her — and apologized again for the incident on Friday.
“The case has been dismissed and I just want to reiterate again just how truly sorry I am for my actions and my behavior,” Matthews told reporters.
“I never meant to cause any distress to this woman and I can assure you that I’ve learned from my mistakes and my actions.”
Matthews allegedly pulled down his pants in front of a female security guard at his condo complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. at around 2 AM on May 26.
The woman claims Matthews and his friends drunkenly tried to play a joke on her by messing with her car door while she was on duty … and after she confronted them, Matthews took his pants down.
She alleges the 22-year-old Maple Leafs center — who left his boxers ON — grabbed his ass cheeks in her direction … and she was PISSED over the whole ordeal.
In body cam footage obtained by TMZ Sports, you can hear her explaining the incident to cops … telling an officer, “None of this s**t is funny!”
Matthews was eventually hit with a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct … but a court official tells us the case was dismissed earlier this week after the parties reached a settlement.
Unclear what the dollar amount might have been to close out the case … but Matthews, who claimed he was sorry for the incident in a meeting with reporters over the summer, apologized vehemently again on Friday.
Fun Fact — Matthews is in the middle of a 5-year, $58 MILLION contract.
“It’s obviously not a situation I’d like to be in,” Auston said. “But, it’s been a big lesson learned for myself.”