A woman who accused him of rape will have her appeal heard today in Pasadena after the player was cleared by a federal jury in 2016.
Just in: Derrick Rose’s sexual assault accuser will have her appeal heard by the Ninth Circuit on November 16th. The oral argument will be heard in Pasadena. Each side is allotted 15 minutes. Back in 2016, a jury rejected her claims of sexual assault following a 10-day trial.
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) September 4, 2018
The alleged victim claimed Rose and his two friends visited her in an apartment in Los Angeles in the early hours of August 27, 2013 and had sex with her.
The woman did not come forward with her complaint until 2015, when she accused Rose, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen of breaking into her apartment and raping her.
After the complaint was filed, the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation but observers suggested the lack of physical evidence made charges unlikely.
While the plaintiff said she had been drugged and was too intoxicated to give consent, the men claimed the sex was consensual. That was despite the fact that during a deposition in June 2016 Rose admitted to not knowing what consent meant.
The three-time NBA All-Star and his two friends were found not liable as opposed to not guilty, given the trial was a civil litigation, rather than a criminal trial.
A jury of six women and two men made a verdict in the case.
Don't see this every day. @drose and atty posing with giddy jurors after verdict. #DoevRose pic.twitter.com/hbmxnPnyf6
— Joel Rubin (@joelrubin) October 19, 2016
Rose’s decision to allow the matter to end up in court instead of agreeing to settle had initially puzzled observers, given a liable verdict would have in all likelihood jeopardized his career.
Two jurors took a pic with Rose. One said he had never heard of him (not a sports fan), the other is not a Rose fan. pic.twitter.com/vKpwX8BGld
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) October 19, 2016
At the time, Waukeen McCoy, the plaintiff’s lawyer, described the outcome as unjust and indicated his legal team was considering an appeal, a date for which was confirmed in September.
In his closing statement, McCoy claimed Rose and his two friends had committed rape. “They have no remorse, they are not apologetic,” he argued. “She [his client] is not looking for a quick dollar. She’s looking for accountability.”
Had the verdict gone the other way, the trio would not have faced jail time or a criminal conviction but would have had to pay damages. The plaintiff reportedly sought $21.5 million in compensation.
Since Derrick Rose was the NBA MVP in 2011, he's suffered through various injuries and been sued for sexual assault.
A jury found him not liable. Today a court hears the accuser's appeal.
Many say Rose is a great comeback story. @clintonyates disagrees. https://t.co/F5XyITZb0z pic.twitter.com/Sl49tft6gC
— Morning Edition (@MorningEdition) November 16, 2018
Depending on what happens today, Rose’s comeback story might not be as great as everyone is making it out to be.
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