Woman speaks out about sexual assault case against Derrick Rose
A woman suing Derrick Rose of sexual assault said on Thursday that she doesn’t know how the case against the NBA point guard would end, “But I want people out there to know they can speak out and not be afraid and not have to be in the suffering stage.’’
Known as “Jane Doe’’ in the court filings, the 30-year-old Los Angeles woman originally filed a lawsuit back in August 2015, accusing Rose and two other men of breaking into her apartment and raping her in 2013.
According to “Doe,’’ she had been at a party at Rose’s house in Beverly Hills earlier that evening, before the alleged assault took place.
Both she and one of her attorney’s spoke to reporters about the civil case, which was scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 4.
“He tried to get me to do stuff via video and I said no to that,” Doe said. “I wouldn’t send any videos or pictures of me, in any way. He just knew that’s how I was. When we had a falling out he knew I was over him asking me to engage…in a foursome. I told him he knew exactly how I was and if we were not going to be in a relationship because of that we would just remain friends.
“There was nothing leading to that night that would let his friends think that I would want to be with them at all.”
What was also relayed by “Doe’s’’ attorney, Waukeen McCoy, was that Rose admittedly didn’t understand the meaning of the word “consent.’’
“When asked at his deposition, Mr. Rose did not have any answer for what consent meant to him,” McCoy said. “The question was, ‘Do you have an understanding as to the word consent?’ The answer: ‘No, but can you tell me?’ The questioner: ‘I just wanted to know if you had an understanding.’ The answer: ‘No.’”
Rose, who was traded by the Bulls to New York in the offseason, spoke about the case on several occasions last season, insisting, “I will be proven innocent, but at the same time it hasn’t effected anything. It’s not true. I take it as motivation. I feel like the devil is just working. I feel like I’m on the right track as far as where I want to be at in my life, and the direction I want to go.’’