New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is involved in a civil suit with a woman who claims that Rose and two others gang raped her. The woman, only identified as “Jane Doe,” is seeking $21.5 million in the suit and talked to the Associated Press about the night that she says she was raped. The story is incredibly gruesome and the AP story is really long, so here is as shortened as I can get.
The woman is trying to keep her identity a secret, but Rose’s attorneys want her to be identified which they hope would expose her as a fraud. A judge has kept her identity under wraps, but a hearing this coming Monday could chance all of that.
“This is not a rape case. It’s pure and simple extortion by a plaintiff who wants to hide behind the cloak of anonymity while seeking millions in damages from a celebrity with whom she was in a long-term, nonexclusive consensual sexual relationship,” Rose’s lawyers wrote in a court filing in Los Angeles, where the case is in U.S. District Court.
The trial is set for Oct. 4 as the start of the NBA preseason and the official season start looms for Rose.
The woman says she was raped on Aug. 27, 2013. She says she was taken advantage of after drinking too much and blacking out. Rose’s attorney contend the sex was consensual.
“As soon as I woke up, I was dressed, I had my dress on from the previous night and I never go to sleep with what I’m wearing. I always prepare myself first to go to sleep,” the women said during the interview in Oakland, a couple of hours from where she grew up in Northern California. “So I had the dress and it was up on my neck and I felt very wet and slippery. There was lubricant all over my bed and on my legs. Everything was tossed in my bed. There was a condom wrapper and a closed one not used.”
Rose’s attorneys contend that the group was allowed in without incident and that the woman’s roommate was home that night made no effort to see if she was distressed. Rose was in Los Angeles during the time as he rehabbed his knee while he was with the Chicago Bulls.
Rose’s attorneys question why she didn’t immediately report the alleged rape to police or get examined at a hospital. They say she went to police only after she “failed at multiple attempts to get money from Mr. Rose.”
The woman said she showed up late for work and was in no condition emotionally to talk to police or seek treatment, though she said a concerned co-worker she had told about her condition upon waking up encouraged her to go to the authorities and even called a lawyer on her behalf. Her right hand was in pain from burning it the previous night at Rose’s home, and it had begun to blister. The co-worker is scheduled to be a witness.
“I didn’t want to tell anyone what happened. I didn’t want nobody to know,” she said. “I wanted to erase the fact that I woke up the way I did. I only told him because it was almost necessary for me the way I walked in. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to do the job for that day.”
The woman believes she’s been “unfairly” pained as promiscuous. Her attorney says Rose’s team has been using a smear campaign to try and intimidate her.
It’s been that way from Day 1,” Anand said. “It’s been very aggressive. There have been threats to leak her name to the public, attempts to depose her parents, who they know very well have no knowledge of this.”
It’s an incredibly disdainful case and the mud-slinging on both sides isn’t going to end. This case is most likely going to trial and it will be tough to hear more details about the case as it comes out.