Jury clears NBA’s Derrick Rose, 2 friends in lawsuit claiming gang rape of unconscious ex-girlfriend
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury has cleared the NBA’s Derrick Rose and two friends in a lawsuit claiming they raped the ex-girlfriend of the NBA star.
The verdict was read Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
The jury reached the verdict after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter.
Neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman, but the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to do so.
Defense lawyers tarred the woman as a liar who tried to sway jurors through her tears to get at Rose’s fortune. They claimed she was angry he had dumped her and she set him up and brought the lawsuit in hopes of a big payoff.
The woman’s lawyer called the men “sexual deviants” and says they conspired to gang rape her after she was drunk and incapable of consenting to sex.