UPDATED Nov. 18, 12:48 P.M. EST:
A woman who filed a civil suit against Derrick Rose, accusing the New York Knicks point guard and two of his friends of raping her in 2013, on Thursday appealed a jury’s decison to clear him of charges, reports The Associated Press:
The ex-girlfriend who lost her lawsuit accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends of raping her appealed the verdict Thursday on the grounds that damning testimony should have been excluded and other evidence should have been admitted at trial.
Jurors cleared the Knicks point guard and his friends last month in Los Angeles federal court after they testified that the woman was coherent and willingly engaged in sex with them during an evening get-together at Rose’s rented mansion in Beverly Hills and again early the next morning at her apartment in August 2013.
The woman had been seeking $21.5 million in the suit that claimed the men gang raped her at home while she was incapacitated from booze or drugs and unable to consent to sex.
SOURCE: Yahoo News
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 19, 4:40 P.M. EST
After a three-hour deliberation on Wednesday afternoon, a Los Angeles jury cleared NBA superstar Derrick Rose and his two friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, of all charges in the sexual assault civil suit filed against them, NBC Sports reports.
According to NBC, Rose will pay nothing to the unnamed woman who sued him and his two counterparts for $21 million. The LAPD is still investigating the case, the outlet reports.
In the lawsuit, the woman claimed Rose, Hampton, and Allen forced themselves on her after an evening out in 2013. She claimed was drugged and incapable of giving consent.
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The anonymous woman, whom the Chicago Tribune says is Rose’s ”ex-girlfriend,” alleges the NBA player and two friends entered her Los Angeles apartment and gang raped her in 2013 after an evening of partying. She is suing the men for $21 million.
Now, an all-White jury of two men and six women will begin deliberations.
Rose and his childhood friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, have staunchly denied the rape allegations, saying the woman engaged in consensual sex with the three men.
Rose and his lawyers believe the woman is looking for a payout because she was upset Rose ended their relationship after the encounter. His attorney, Michael Monico, said the woman provided no evidence of rape, according to ESPN.
The woman’s lawyer, Waukeen McCoy, rebuked Rose’s “gold digger” claim. He said his client seeks accountability and nothing more. McCoy said his client is the victim, and seeks vindication from Rose’s continuous “slut shaming,” adding the woman was unconscious, void of the ability to consent.
“This is a classic case of gang rape. They have no remorse, they are not apologetic,” McCoy said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the midst of the trial lies the beginning of the 2016-2017 NBA season, during which Rose is set to begin a new era with the New York Knicks. On Tuesday, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters that Rose has the opportunity to start in next Tuesday’s season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers if he returns to New York by the weekend for practice, according to ESPN.
“We’ll have to see how he is, but I would anticipate yes, he probably would,” Hornacek said.