On Wednesday a woman filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that Chicago Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose and two of his boyhood friends drugged her and raped her in August 2013.
The woman identified only as Jane Doe said she did not file a criminal suit because she feared reprisals and did not want to see Rose go to jail. Yahoo Sports reported that the accuser hopes that by filing a civil lawsuit she can recover damages to her life from the alleged incident. The woman claims she had a relationship with Rose from 2011 to 2013.
Rose’s attorney, Lisa Cohen, denied the allegations against the NBA’s first pick in the 2008 draft. She said in an early Thursday morning statement:
The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars.
According to TMZ the suit alleges that Rose and Ryan Allen, the younger brother of Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, and Randall Hampton, identified in an earlier New York Times story as “Rose’s manager,” committed sexual acts against her will.
The plaintiff alleges in the lawsuit that in the past Rose “tried to pressure her to masturbate in front of him, allow him to have sex with her friends and engage in group sex with strangers, all of which she says she refused.” Nevertheless, she continued her relationship with Rose.
On the evening of August 26, 2013, the plaintiff charges that Rose, Hampton, and Allen spiked her drink when she visited Rose at his Beverly Hills, California, home. She contends that she left Rose’s home with her two girlfriends, but that Rose, Allen, and Hampton followed them to her apartment.
She then claims the threesome broke into her home and forcibly had sex with her. The accuser “has very little recollection of the events.” She contends that the drugs incapacitated her, but she does remember several “flashes” of the alleged rape.