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Derrick Rose denies rape charge in lawsuit, says everything consensual

Chicago Bulls V Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Three

Chicago Bulls V Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Three

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Derrick Rose has denied everything alleged in a lawsuit filed against him by a former girlfriend, one that says Rose drugged her and gang-raped her with some of his friends. He reiterated that at Bulls media day (then went off on a tangent the Bulls wish he wouldn’t have).

Tuesday it was Rose’s lawyers turn to deny everything, in papers filed in the case. From the CNN story on the response:

NBA star Derrick Rose said in court documents filed last week that he had consensual sex with a former girlfriend who has accused him of rape....
In Rose’s legal response, the Chicago star’s attorney says the woman consented to sex with more than one of the three defendants on several occasions. Rose also says the woman invited them to her apartment, buzzed them into the complex, opened her front door and consented to “additional group activities later that evening.”

The response goes on to say she became upset over money.

Rose has other issues on his mind as well, Wednesday he undergoes surgery for the fractured left orbital bone.

As I have said before, from where you and I sit there is no way to judge truth from fiction in this case. If Rose did the things alleged, he deserves far more than financial losses in a civil case. If this turns out to be spurious, this woman has made it that much harder for the far too many women trying to find justice in actual sexual assault cases. I’m not going to pretend to know what actually happened.

All I do know is regardless of the outcome this case makes me sad.