Update: Derrick Rose Addresses Rape Allegations
UPDATE August 28 : Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose released a statement to USA Today, denying allegations of sexual assault.
The statement below:
“I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season. I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”
Original report below.
August 27, 2015
NBA star Derrick Rose is being accused of drugging and gang-raping a woman claiming to be his ex-girlfriend in Aug. 2013.
The lawsuit names Rose, his personal manager Randall Hampton and his friend Ryan Allen, according to the New York Post.
A spokesman for Rose denied the allegations Thursday morning.
“The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis,” the statement read, via Sports Business Journal. “We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated.”
According to Rose’s camp, he and the woman, only known as “Jane Doe,” had a “non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship…for over two years.”
The lawsuit alleges that Rose invited the woman to his Beverly Hills home, where she says the assault took place. Allegedly, Rose and his two mates slipped a drug into her drink with the aim to rape her. The woman was able to escape the house with a friend before Rose and his friends allegedly broke into her home and gang-raped her.
The woman says embarrassment is to blame for her delayed filing of the lawsuit.
Attorney Lisa Cohen, who is representing Rose, told TMZ that it is “an attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete.”
Cohen also said that there were no complaints until lawyers started telling her to go after Rose for funds. Cohen claims this is the third attorney the plaintiff hired to sue the athlete.
“We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated” she said. “This lawsuit is outrageous.”