|(Photo from NewsLine.com) Derrick Rose and his attorney leaving court.|
On Wednesday, New York Knickerbockers point guard Derrick Rose was found not liable in a civil lawsuit for sexual assault filed by an unidentified female plaintiff.
The plaintiff, referred to as “Jane Doe” in court documents, sued Rose for sexual battery, battery, trespassing, conspiracy, gender violence and emotional distress. She also stated in her complaint that she did not pursue a criminal complaint for fear of retaliation by Rose. She sought $21.5 million in damages.
Doe accused Rose and two friends of drugging, breaking into her apartment and gang-raping her in August 2013 while she was unconscious. She claimed she woke up that August morning to find her bedroom in disarray with used condoms on the room.
But Rose’s lawyer, Mark Baute, argued that the woman was the “sexual aggressor” on night in question and had consented to sex. He said, in fact, Doe even brought a “sex belt” called a monkey bar with her.
In court filings Doe admitted she brought the sex belt with her at Rose’s request. However, the woman’s roommate testified Doe was more upset that Rose didn’t reimburse her for the belt.
During trial, there was explicit testimony from various witnesses stating that the accuser had engaged in poolside group sex at a Beverly Hills mansion rented by Rose and that there were multiple consensual sexual encounters throughout the night and into the next morning.
On Wednesday, an eight-person Los Angeles jury unanimously acquitted Rose on accounts contained in Doe's complaint. The jurors found the woman’s story to be incredible.