Lawsuit accuses Rose of sexual assault

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A woman who says she dated Bulls star Derrick Rose for about two years has filed a lawsuit, claiming the basketball player and two of his friends sexually assaulted her in her Los Angeles apartment in 2013.

The woman, identified only as “Jane Doe” in the suit, said the incident occurred the morning of Aug. 27, at her apartment near downtown Los Angeles. According to the suit, which was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, the woman had gone with a female friend to Rose’s home in Beverly Hills Aug. 26. At some point, according to the suit, Rose and his friends “placed an unknown drug in a drink given to” the woman and without her consent.

The woman and her friend later took a cab ride home, the suit states. The next day, Rose and his friends drove to the woman’s apartment, where, according to the suit, they trespassed on her property and sexually assaulted her. The woman, because of her “incapacitated state of consciousness,” has a limited recollection of what happened to her, the suit states.

The woman did not call police “because she was ashamed and embarrassed by what had happened to her,” according to the suit.

The woman, who said she first met Rose in October 2011 at a party he hosted in Los Angeles, said she eventually lost her job “because her productivity was seriously affected” by the sexual assault, according to the suit, which was first reported by TMZ.

The woman’s attorney could not be reached for a comment Thursday.

In an emailed statement, Rose said: “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.”

Rose’s attorney, Mark Baute of Los Angeles, issued this statement:

“The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous.”

The Chicago Bulls issued this statement Thursday: “We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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