Less than 24 hours after it was revealed that Derrick Rose was being sued in civil court for gang rape by an ex-girlfriend, he issued a statement to USA Today.
“I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season,” Rose said in the statement. “I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”
Rose is being accused of gang raping an ex-girlfriend with whom he had a “non-exclusive relationship” from 2011-13, according to a statement issued by a spokesperson late Wednesday night, not too long after the allegations were revealed.
The woman claims Rose and two friends (Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen) drugged and raped her after breaking into her home in California in Aug. 2013. Rose spends the offseason in Beverly Hills.
In the lawsuit, the woman claims after a night of drinking tequila, she went home and woke up with only flashes of memories of what she says occurred the night before. The woman stated she was in an “incapacitated state of consciousness” when the incident happened.
The statement issued by Rose’s spokesperson dismissed the claims of the woman.
"This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete," said the spokeswoman, Lisa Cohen. "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 Bulls issued a statement after midnight Thursday morning, stating, "We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."