NBA Star Derrick Rose Hopes To Clear Name As $21 Million Civil Rape Trial Gets Underway

(SL) – I’m sure at this point NBA star Derrick Rose is wishing he’d pass on a night out that involved an old girlfriend and two friends. A night of risky sex that resulted in rape accusations and a now  $21 million lawsuit has put a blemish on the respected reputation of the former Chicago Bulls baller, but  before making his debut with the New York Knicks in Houston, Rose said he’s welcoming the chance to clear his name.

“I wanted to take it to court because I didn’t want to settle,’ Rose said on Tuesday, which was also his 28th birthday. ‘I don’t feel like I did anything wrong. If I go up there and just tell my side of the story, I think I’ll be alright.”1-1G61DdlmJo39E7jkyMbI8g.jpegRose planned to leave after the game to attend the trial in Los Angeles, where jury selection began earlier on Tuesday, though no jurors have been seated. He’s expected to be in court by Thursday along with his two co-defendants. The three are unhappy with potential jurors as only two of the 50 prospective jurors were African Americans. All three defendants are black.  Rose’s lawyer noted that 15 of the first 27 possible jurors were Hispanic, the ethnicity of the woman.

The woman, whose identity will be revealed when the trial starts, initiated the lawsuit after claims that Rose and two friends entered her apartment and had sex with her without her consent after she passed out following a night of drinking.

derrick-rose-innocentShe and Rose had dated on and off in the two years prior to the August 2013 incident.  Rose and his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, deny the allegations and say the woman invited them into her apartment and willingly had sex.  It was reportedly months ago that the women allegedly became upset after Rose wouldn’t compensate her for a sex toy.

The trial threatens to expose details of Rose’s sex life, including text messages discussing his desire to have group sex. The woman has said she rebuffed those offers and never consented to sex with the trio.

She also has said she was drugged, though Rose’s lawyers said there’s no evidence of any drugs. The woman reported the incident to authorities two years later. Los Angeles police are still investigating, but no criminal charges have been filed.

Rose’s attorneys said the woman is trying to extort millions from the former MVP.

Since the alleged assault, the woman allegedly “experiences severe anxiety and nervousness, tension, accompanied by worry and fear of being subjected to another traumatic sexually abusive experience.” She says the anxiety has impacted her physically — she pulls out her eyelashes and hair, twitches in public, scratches at her face, and is experiencing adult acne for the first time in her life.

See How All Of The Drama Unfolded On The Flip

How It All Went Down

Jessica Groff, Doe’s friend who was at Rose’s party with her, said in her deposition that it was “very obvious” Doe was intoxicated. In fact, Doe even burned her hand after she picked up rocks in the fire pit for “no rational reason.”

After Groff allegedly had a fight with Allen that night, she decided to leave the party. However, she refused to leave Doe alone at the house.

“I knew [Doe] was very intoxicated,” Groff said in her deposition. “I definitely was not going to leave her there alone. I did not feel safe and did not believe [Doe] would be safe if left alone.”

So Groff and Doe got a cab, and Groff dropped Doe off at her apartment.

Later that night, Rose inquired about whether Doe got home safely, and the two began conversing again through text message. Rose wanted to send someone to pick up Doe and return her to his house, but she wanted Rose to come to her apartment, alone.

 
Texts between Derrick Rose and Jane Doe on the night of the alleged rape.

Eventually, Rose arrived at Doe’s apartment with Allen and Hampton. She stopped responding to texts well before they arrived, as was revealed in the Plaintiff’s Opposition to Defendant Rose’s Motion to Preclude Use of Pseudonym at Trial, filed on August 29:

The evidence shows that Plaintiff was unconscious when Defendants arrived to her apartment in the early morning hours of August 27, 2013, and that she did not respond to texts or calls from Defendants Rose and Allen:

2:05 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:12 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:27 AM Text from Defendant Rose to Plaintiff “Hello?”

2:29 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:49 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:50 AM Text from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff “We outside”

2:50 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:51 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:52 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

2:52 AM Text from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff “Wake yo ass up”

2:53 AM Call from Defendant Allen to Plaintiff Unanswered

In a deposition on June 17, Rose says that he didn’t talk with Allen and Hampton about the reason they were going to Doe’s apartment, but that the reason was understood because “we men.”

Q: Did either Mr. Hampton or Mr. Allen tell you why they wanted to go to Plaintiff’s home on the night in question?

Rose: No. No.

Q: So they just said, ‘Hey, it’s the middle of the night. Let’s go over to Plaintiff’s house’ and they never gave you a reason why they wanted to go over there?’

Rose: No, but we men. You can assume.

Q: I’m sorry?

Rose: I said we men. You can assume. Like we leaving to go over to someone’s house at 1:00, there’s nothing to talk about.

However, while the defense is using Doe’s texts inviting Rose over to her apartment that night as proof that she consented, Rose admitted in his deposition that nowhere in the text message did she consent or even mention group sex.

Q: All right. Is there — within what you just reviewed in those text messages, is there anything within them that would lead you to believe that plaintif wanted to have sex with you and the other two defendants on August 26th, 2013?

Rose: No.

Doe said in her deposition that she woke up the next morning “fully dressed and wet with lubricant.” Her sheets were a mess and also filled with lubricant, and there was a used condom.

“I never had my apartment that way,” she said. “Like that would have never happened.”

She went to work that morning, and slowly began piecing together memories from the night of before, with an assist from Groff’s text messages and her roommate. It took her a few days to tell her roommate what had happened.

Accuser’s Roommate’s depositon

The morning of August 27, Doe reached out to Rose. She texted him about her hangover, and asked him to reimburse her for Groff’s cab fare from the night before and for the sex belt, which she admitted in her deposition that she lied to Rose about purchasing. She did not mention the alleged rape.

Texts between woman and Rose

Rose’s lawyers say that this undermines “the validity of her allegations in this lawsuit.”

Jane Doe, meanwhile, said in her deposition that she didn’t really care that much about the money for the sex belt, it was just her way of reaching out to Rose. She wanted to talk to him about what happened that night.

“I didn’t want — I was just too — I was too prideful, and I felt — I didn’t want to mention anything that had happened. And that’s the way I felt like I could communicate with him without feeling like I was completely victimized,” Doe said.

She did get somewhat more direct with Rose (and Allen) in the coming days and weeks.

Texts between Accuser and Rose on 8-30-13
Text from Accuser to Ryan allen 9-9-13

 

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