Woman weeps in tes­ti­mony against NBA star Rose

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP): A WOMAN who ac­cuses Der­rick Rose and two friends of gang rape in a $21.5 mil­lion law­suit be­came emo­tional yes­ter­day af­ter the NBA star en­tered the court­room for the first time as she tes­ti­fied about how in­tox­i­cated she was on the night in ques­tion.

“I’ve never felt like that be­fore,” the 30-year-old said. “I just felt I was less in con­trol, more goofy.”

As she be­gan to con­nect a night of drink­ing at Rose’s Bev­erly Hills man­sion on Au­gust 26, 2013, with the dis­puted in­ci­dent in the early morn­ing at her apart­ment, there was a long pause as she wept qui­etly, hid­ing her face be­hind a com­puter screen on the wit­ness stand.

Dur­ing a break, with the jury out of the court­room, de­fence lawyer Michael Mon­ico com­plained that they couldn’t have her “cry­ing all day” and sug­gested the judge is­sue a “no cry­ing” or­der.

US District Judge Michael W. Fitzger­ald said he’d never heard of such an or­der and said the de­fence was wel­come to mock her later or say the cry­ing was ridicu­lous.

“I’m not go­ing to or­der the wit­ness not to cry any more than I’m go­ing to or­der her not to breathe,” Fitzger­ald said.

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