Jury clears NBA’s Rose in rape law­suit

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Brian Melley

LOS AN­GE­LES — Jurors cleared NBA star Der­rick Rose and two friends Wed­nes­day in a civil law­suit that ac­cused them of gang rap­ing his ex-girl­friend when she was in­ca­pac­i­tated from drugs or al­co­hol.

The jury reached the ver­dict in fed­eral court after hear­ing dif­fer­ent ac­counts of the Au­gust 2013 sex­ual en­counter.

Rose, a point guard traded to the New York Knicks this year after spend­ing seven sea­sons with the Chicago Bulls, said in a state­ment that it was im­por­tant to prove he did not do what he was ac­cused of, even though he had to share pri­vate de­tails of his per­sonal life.

“I am thank­ful that the jury un­der­stood and agreed with me,” his state­ment said. “This ex­pe­ri­ence and my sen­si­tiv­ity to it was deep. I am ready to put this be­hind me and fo­cus on my fam­ily and ca­reer.”

Nei­ther side de­nied the three men had sex with the woman, but the is­sue was whether she con­sented or was too in­tox­i­cated to do so.

De­fense lawyers tarred the 30-year-old woman as a liar who tried to sway jurors through her tears to get at Rose’s for­tune.

They claimed she was an­gry he had dumped her and she set him up and brought the law­suit in hopes of a pay­off.

The woman’s lawyer called the men “sex­ual de­viants” and says they con­spired to gang rape her after she was drunk and in­ca­pable of con­sent­ing to sex. Rose, 28, was in court. “All three men were in­no­cent from Day 1,” Rose’s at­tor­ney, Mark Baute, said. “We’re very happy that the sys­tem worked.”

The woman’s at­tor­ney, Wau­keen McCoy, said he will ex­plore ap­peal op­tions.

The woman had sought $21.5 mil­lion when she filed suit.

Tri­bune news ser­vices does not gen­er­ally name peo­ple who say they are vic­tims of sex crimes.

DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AP

NBA guard Der­rick Rose said after the ver­dict: “I am ready to put this be­hind me and fo­cus on my fam­ily and ca­reer.”

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