Ju­rors asked about rape case against Rose

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Po­ten­tial ju­rors in a $21 mil­lion rape law­suit against NBA star Der­rick Rose filled out ques­tion­naires ask­ing them what they have heard about the case, what their fa­vorite basketball team is and more.

Po­ten­tial ju­rors in a $21 mil­lion rape law­suit against NBA star Der­rick Rose filled out ques­tion­naires Tues­day ask­ing them what they have heard about the case, what their fa­vorite basketball team is and whether they can set aside their own sex­ual morals and bi­ases.

Rose was not in the Los An­ge­les court­room on the same day the New York Knicks’ pre­sea­son be­gins in Hous­ton. But his two friends and the wo­man the trio are ac­cused of gang-rap­ing ap­peared for the start of jury se­lec­tion.

Rose and the wo­man, iden­ti­fied so far only as Jane Doe, had dated on and off in the two years prior to the Au­gust 2013 in­ci­dent at her apart­ment. Rose and his friends de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and said the sex was con­sen­sual.

“I feel like I’m in­no­cent, and I feel like I didn’t do any­thing wrong,” Rose told re­porters two weeks ago.

In ad­di­tion to over­shad­ow­ing Rose’s at­tempts to bounce back from in­juries that side­lined him the past few sea­sons, the case threat­ens to ex­pose de­tails of his sex life, in­clud­ing text mes­sages dis­cussing his de­sire to have group sex.

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