The civil trial against Derrick Rose is set to begin this week following accusation that the Knicks player gang raped an unconscious woman in 2013.
The trial will begin Tuesday with jury selection and will include allegations that Rose and two friends raped the woman after getting her drunk and possibly drugging her. According to the New York Daily News, Rose maintains that the act was consensual and his lawyers plan to bring up the anonymous victim’s sexual history in order to prove it.
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The victim, who has remained anonymous, admits that she had a relationship with Rose, but her lawyers maintain that her sexual history isn’t relevant to the case.
“Her past sexual conduct (as alleged by defendants) does not, as defendants would argue, create emotional calluses that lessen the impact of unwelcomed sexual assault and battery,” Brandon Anand, lawyer for the victim, wrote in a motion.
The victim claims that Rose and his friends got her drunk and allegedly drugged her. A friend took her home, where the three men showed up and proceeded to rape her. Rose maintains that no one drugged her and that they he and his friends were invited to her place. Rose’s lawyers plan to show jurors texts between the two and will also emphasis that the accuser waited year before going to the police and filing the $21 million lawsuit.
Jane Doe’s attorney’s will focus on Rose’s confusion about the meaning of consent. The victim told the Daily News, “He has to deal with what he did to me with his friends. I think that alone is a huge deal for him, whether he’s showing it or not.”