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As a stark contrast to teammate Joakim Noah, who implied the rape accuser was only out for money, Rose even expressed sympathy for the 30-year-old Jane Doe. “(I feel a) little bit (vindicated) but at the same time there was another person that was involved in this so if anything I’ve just been praying for myself and praying for her because the issue is very big in the States and everywhere,” Rose said. “So just praying for everyone that was involved and knowing that all this is out of my control. The only thing I could work on is being a better person, being a better dad, brother, cousin, uncle, being the best I could be so I could help others.”
Rose said he maintained a workout regimen while on trial in L.A., and was eased mentally by the support from the Knicks. “I was talking to them along the way, every day, talking to if not Phil (Jackson), Steve (Mills), Joakim, some of the other players that reached out,” Rose said, “just letting me know that there was concern, wanting me back, so that took a lot of pressure off to ease my mind a little bit and just let me know that while I was working out, out there, I had to go harder because looking at some of the (preseason) games, it was looking like we were playing good basketball at some periods of the game, at certain times during the game and that excited me a little bit.”
The Knicks have stayed in close contact with Rose, but there is only so much a team can do from thousands of miles away. There was talk of sending a coach, but Rose’s preparation has consisted only of a steady diet of film work and daily workouts in what his lawyer described as a $5 million gym nearby. Conditioning may not be an issue, but the Knicks know there will be some bumpy moments along the way.
Along with others, I was surprised that Rose did not attempt to negotiate a settlement with Doe months before the case attracted substantial attention. Even though Rose has won the lawsuit and is vindicated, the mere allegation of rape, coupled with other unflattering and newsworthy aspects of the case, could have damaged Rose's reputation and suggested that he would have been better off paying Doe an amount of money in exchange for her dropping the lawsuit. Attorneys for Doe, however, consistently claimed that Rose’s attorneys were unwilling to engage in settlement talks and, in fact, wouldn’t respond to emails.
Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose’s buddy and former Bulls teammate, went on the offensive after Rose was cleared in his rape civil trial, saying the accuser was a gold digger. “It’s a blessing to have him come back — it’s great the truth came out,’’ Noah said after the Knicks’ 121-96 preseason victory over the Celtics. “We didn’t have a point guard for all of preseason. All because of a girl who was trying to make money off my friends. … [It] is just whack.”
A Los Angeles federal court jury will begin deliberations Wednesday in the Derrick Rose sexual assault civil trial after attorneys for both sides gave their closing arguments Tuesday. Rose and two of his friends are being sued for $21 million, accused of raping his ex-girlfriend while she was intoxicated on Aug. 27, 2013. Consent is the main issue for the all-white jury of six women and two men; the defendants, all friends since their adolescence in Chicago, have denied the allegations and said the woman willingly participated in sex and even initiated acts earlier in the night.
Moke Hamilton: Per @WerlySportsLaw, who has provided magnificent coverage of the Derrick Rose trial, a verdict could be reached as early as today.
Rolling Stone quietly removed an online article about the NBA and domestic violence on Friday, two days after it was published, POLITICO has learned. The piece, titled "Why Derrick Rose Rape Trial May Wreck NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's Legacy" by weekly columnist Beejoli Shah, examined how league commissioner Adam Silver has disciplined different basketball players accused of domestic violence and specifically noted his silence regarding Derrick Rose, the New York Knicks star whose civil trial for alleged gang rape is currently underway.
After the piece was published, an NBA representative contacted RollingStone.com sports editor Jason Diamond to dispute a number of assertions in the piece, a Rolling Stone source told POLITICO. In response, Rolling Stone added two corrections to the story. The NBA and Rolling Stone did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Knicks star Derrick Rose began his rape defense case in a Los Angeles courtroom with bombshell testimony on Friday — calling a turncoat friend of his accuser to the stand to destroy her as a money-hungry, pathological liar. The 30-year-old accuser “lies about everything that comes out of her mouth,” Rose’s star witness, Gabriela Chavez, told the federal jury that’s been hearing the sordid, $21 million civil case for two weeks.
Chavez, a former close pal of the accuser, is now playing for Rose’s side, telling jurors that two weeks after the alleged assault, the woman specifically stated she had not been raped. The accuser did tell Chavez that she was “pretty upset” about her August, 2013 romp with the player and two of his pals — but only because she hadn’t heard from Rose since. “I ended up asking her, are you saying you were raped?” recalled Chavez, a wellness consultant, of a conversation they had two weeks after the accuser alleges Rose and his two pals attacked her in her LA apartment. “She said, ‘No, but I did have sex with all of them,’” Chavez recalled to the jury.
Stefan Bondy: Jeff Hornacek says the Knicks have decided not to send out an assistant to meet Derrick Rose in LA. He expects Rose back next week at some point.
The Knicks didn’t anticipate that Derrick Rose would be in Los Angeles as long as he’s been for his sexual assault civil trial and are considering sending an assistant coach there to work with him. Rose left the team the morning of Oct. 5 and has missed five practices and two preseason games. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he hasn’t added that much to the offense, but if the trial continues into next week, a member of his staff could meet Rose in Los Angeles. “Our hope was that he would be done on Monday or Tuesday and maybe be back,” Hornacek said after practice Thursday. “It is what it is. He’s got to deal with that. We’ve got to continue to work with our other players, get them to be better.”
Knicks star power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who attended rookie orientation 14 months ago, told The Post the league was resolute in trying to protect rookies from women with bad intentions. “They explained to us how cautious we have to be, how careful with that kind of stuff,’’ Porzingis said. “It can happen to anybody. You got to make sure you’re careful as possible with these things and just avoid anything that doesn’t seem right.’’
Rose, who has been away from the Knicks since last week, said in testimony he wrapped up his condom after having sex with the accuser and took it home with him to protect himself, like he was taught in NBA rookie camp. Greg Taylor, who directs the program for the NBA, told the Associated Press recently, “The rookie transition program is, we think, the most important four days of your professional career.”
The night after Derrick Rose and two of his friends had sex with his ex-girlfriend, he had a hunch she was going to claim they raped her, the NBA star testified. Rose said Tuesday that he became suspicious of the woman when she texted later the same day of the alleged early morning attack in August 2013 to say how inebriated she had been and to describe burns she claimed she got on her hands from a fire pit outside his Beverly Hills house. Rose said he believed she was sober and never witnessed any burns the night before. "It looked like a setup," Rose said. "It turned out to be what I thought."
Although they had split up a couple months before, he said he took her suggestive text as offering consent. "No is no. I'm never going to force myself upon anyone," Rose said. "When she sent me texts like that 99 percent of the time it ended up in sex, so what do you expect?" The string of text messages the day of Aug. 26 and into early the next morning have been a key feature of the trial, providing a timeline and also helping the woman recreate what she says she blacked out.
A Los Angeles Police Department detective who was investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose died after being found with a gunshot wound in a Whittier home Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s department on Wednesday identified her as 44-year-old Nadine Hernandez. LAPD sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case confirmed that Hernandez was one of two detectives assigned to the Rose case and that she was a detective in the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section. She frequently was involved in high-profile sex crime cases, authorities said.
Derrick Rose had a hunch his ex-girlfriend was going to say he raped her. The New York Knicks star told a Los Angeles federal jury Tuesday that he became suspicious when the woman texted him — hours after he and two pals had sex with her — to say she had burned her hands on stones in his fire pit the night before.
Asked by his accuser’s lawyer why he didn’t respond to the text, Rose replied, “To tell you the truth, I thought she was going to claim rape. It looked like a set-up. “I knew something was up. For one, if someone were to have touched the rocks in the backyard, she would have called the paramedics. I would have heard of it. I felt like that was suspicious. “It turned out to be what I thought,’’ Rose said.
The judge in the trial of a rape lawsuit against NBA star Derrick Rose and two other men said Tuesday that he’s considering a mistrial after criticizing the plaintiff’s lawyers as “unbelievably careless” in production of exhibits. Rose’s lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald to declare a mistrial because they had not been given three text messages important to their case until Friday, when Rose was on the witness stand.
Before calling a single witness, Rose’s lawyers have already planted seeds of doubt in the accuser’s story. During cross-examination, she admitted to lying at least six times during her deposition or in text messages to Rose.
She also sent Rose five texts that day in August 2013 between 1:40 a.m. and 2:03 a.m., inviting him to her apartment and saying things such as “I need u” and “want u here.” When Rose’s lawyer asked the accuser what she and Rose were going to do, she responded — in what has been described by trial-watchers as perhaps the least believable testimony to date — “Watch a movie or just [go] to sleep, communicate or talk.”
Attorneys for Derrick Rose moved for a mistrial Friday afternoon, claiming the woman who’s accusing the Knicks guard of rape had tried to hide a self-incriminating text. The deleted text, one in an exchange between the woman and Rose, is both lewd and familiar in tone, and could be construed by the six-woman, two-man jury as belying her insistence that she was in no mood for the group sex that followed less than two hours later. In the message, she calls Rose, “babe.” “She was mad at me babe,” the woman wrote, referring to a massage therapist friend that she’d brought to Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion, at Rose’s insistence, the night before. “Why you have me bring a bitch and you ain’t finna [sic] f— her.”
There was no text message that specifically gave Derrick Rose permission to have sex with his ex-girlfriend, but for the NBA star the signs were clear, he testified in a lawsuit that accuses him and two friends of raping the woman. It started with a morning text message from the woman saying Rose was the reason she "wakes up horny," including a photo of herself in her nightshirt and continued with other texts about sex throughout the day.
Rose said Friday he surmised that the "horny" text had triggered consent from that point on, and that was only reinforced for him by their sexual history, sex acts she engaged in with him and his personal assistant that night at his house and an invite hours later to her apartment. "I was assuming that all of us going over there that she wanted to have sex with all of us," Rose testified in a matter-a-fact demeanor.
Rose said the only time the woman said, "Stop" was after she let them in her apartment and they all headed for the bedroom together. "She told us, 'One at a time,'" he said. He and Hampton waited on the sofa while Allen was inside. The woman testified she never let the men in her place and remembers waking to see them all in her bedroom. She recalled Allen on top of her at one point and, at another, Rose pulling her to the side of the bed as she tried to roll off. Rose said he never received any text from the woman telling him she wanted to have sex with him and the two others. But he had assumed from what had transpired and the fact she had never told him no. "In my mind, she consented every time we had sex," he said. "Why wouldn't she do it that time?"
Chris Herring: Accuser says she told superior at work abt alleged incident, as well as her roommates. Asked why she didn't tell police initially, she said. Case is in midst of hour-long lunch break, which I'm hoping is long enough to write most of this story. Print deadlines are my worst enemy.
The woman suing Knicks point guard Derrick Rose and two pals over an alleged gang rape wept softly as her lawyer graphically described her ordeal during opening statements Wednesday. “While [she] was going in and out of consciousness in her house, each one of the defendants took turns raping her,” lawyer Waukeen McCoy told jurors in Los Angeles federal court.
Defense attorneys in the $21 million rape lawsuit against NBA star Derrick Rose complained about the racial and ethnic makeup of the prospective Los Angeles jury pool, noting only two were African-American, like the defendants. An attorney for Rose's two co-defendants, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, noted Tuesday that 15 of the first 27 jurors were Hispanic, just like woman, identified as Jane Doe. All three defendants are African-American. The jury pool was selected at random from a diverse population, Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said. He said that was just "tough luck" and he could not rejigger the group.
Calvin Watkins: Knicks guard Derrick Rose will play against the Rockets tonight but he'll also have jury selection start in Los Angeles today on his $21.5 million civil sex assault case. "I really don't have a feeling about jury selection all I can do is pray about it," Rose said Tuesday morning. "Like I said before, I felt like I didn't do anything wrong and if I go up there and tell my side of the story I think I'll be alright."
“I really don’t have a feeling about the jury selection,’’ Rose said. “All I can do is just pray about it. As I said before, I feel I didn’t do anything wrong. If I go up there and just tell my side of the story, I think I’ll be alright.’’ Fitzgerald stated Monday he will not force Rose to miss any Knicks games to testify. The Knicks won’t play again until Saturday, against the Nets at Madison Square Garden. “I’ll go to [Los Angeles on Wednesday],’’ Rose said. “After that, get prepped a little bit more. It’s part of the system.”
If the lawsuit isn’t settled in the coming days, lawyers estimate the trial in L.A. will span about two weeks, meaning the possibility of multiple missed preseason games and practices for Rose. The 28-year-old, who broke camp proclaiming this was his best ever in the NBA, isn’t worried about a slippage in his conditioning. To explain why, he used what was probably an ill-advised adjective. “I do penitentiary workouts,” he said. “I’ll be in my room doing pushups, sit ups. I got it from Lamar Odom. From when I played in my first World Championship team (with Team USA). He was on the team and the way he prepped himself before games, it was kinda like mini-workouts before the game.
Rose had his lawyers file a brief in Los Angeles Tuesday revealing their plan to call on the woman’s own friends and acquaintances to refute her accusations that the NBA star and two pals gang-raped her while she was passed out. Among the defense’s potential witnesses is Gabriela Chavez, an ex-pal who will tell jurors that the accuser privately admitted she had consensual group sex with Rose and two friends on Aug. 27, 2013, according to the filing.
Rose’s attorneys will also call on co-worker Keyana LaVergne, who will say that the accuser put in a full day of work just hours after she claims she was assaulted, and that the woman showed her colleague photos of sex toys on her computer. Finally, ex-roommate Claudia Carleo will say that she heard no commotion the night of the alleged gang rape and the woman was “smiling” and “happy” the next morning, Rose’s lawyer Mark Baute writes in the brief.
The attorneys for Derrick Rose claimed in court documents that the woman who has accused the New York Knicks star of rape reported the alleged sexual assault to police more than two months after she filed her lawsuit. “Ms. Doe went to the LAPD in December 2015 and the LAPD opened a criminal investigation at that time that has not since resulted in criminal charges,” Courtney Palko, one of Rose’s attorneys, wrote in the 28-page filing. “That separate investigation will independently run its course. It does not change the fact that no criminal charges have been brought.”
Adam Zagoria: D-Rose: "As far as the trial it's not something I can think about. It's not true, I will be proven innocent."
Los Angeles police continue to investigate New York Knicks star Derrick Rose over the sexual abuse allegations at the center of a civil lawsuit set to go to trial, according to federal court records. “This note is to clarify any misconceptions that the Los Angeles Police Departments does not have a current criminal investigation pending that names the suspects in the current civil case being handled by your office,” Det. Nadine Hernandez wrote in a letter sent on Thursday.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruled that Derrick Rose’s alleged rape victim will not be permitted to use a pseudonym during the civil trial, which begins on October 4th. While this ruling was clearly a win for Rose, the official order, which was released on Thursday, includes some stern warnings for the NBA star and his legal team. Among those was a threat of sanctions if “Defendant Rose continues to utilize language that shames and blames the victims of rape either in his motion practice or before the jury.”
A Los Angeles federal judge has ruled a woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous at her upcoming civil trial. U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruled Tuesday. The woman has only been identified in documents as Jane Doe. The Associated Press typically does not identify alleged victims of sexual abuse.
The attorneys for plaintiff Jane Doe, who has alleged in a civil lawsuit that New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose and two of his friends raped her, hammered the point that Rose said in a deposition he did not understand the meaning of consent. The attorneys — Waukeen McCoy and Brandon Anand — made that claim during a 90-minute teleconference in which Jane Doe also talked about the alleged rape and her desire for anonymity during the trial, which is set to begin Oct. 4 and last approximately eight days.
And she is a 30-year-old college student whose family knows nothing about her involvement with Rose or the lawsuit, which seeks $21.5 million. Keeping her Mexican immigrant parents, siblings and many nieces and nephews in the dark is critically important to her and gets harder as the Oct. 4 trial date looms with more attention focused on the case. “They have a sense something’s wrong, but there’s no way I can express to them or explain to them how I feel or what I’m going through,” the woman told The Associated Press in her first media interview. “Having to think of alternative ways to communicate that pain is very stressful and it takes a lot out of you.”
New Knicks point guard Derrick Rose pressured his ex-girlfriend, who is accusing him of gang rape, to have a foursome and to send him videos of her masturbating, he revealed in a deposition. The deposition was submitted late Monday in a California sexual-assault case filed by Rose’s unidentified former gal pal. The filing comes a week after Rose called the woman a “sexual aggressor” for allegedly buying a sex toy and then driving to his house at 1 a.m. for intercourse.
Rose wants the woman fined ahead of trial because her parents wouldn’t show up for full depositions. As part of her case, the woman cites her “traditional religious upbringing” and changes in her demeanor after the alleged rape, and Rose says it’s impossible to substantiate these claims without grilling “the people who know her best — her parents.”
A federal judge has denied Derrick Rose's motion to have the civil sexual assault case against him dismissed, and the trial is scheduled to start Oct. 4 in Los Angeles, presumably in the middle of Rose's first training camp with the New York Knicks. The U.S. District Court judge denied Rose's motion for summary judgment in the case because it remained unclear if the accuser, referred to as Jane Doe, consented to sex on Aug. 27, 2013. "There can be no doubt that genuine disputes exist as to almost every material fact in this action," Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wrote in documents obtained by ESPN and earlier reported by the sports law website The White Bronco.
The sexual assault case against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose will go to trial after his request to throw out the lawsuit was denied, per Dan Werly. Per the official U.S. District Court of California record (via Werly), Rose's motion to throw out the case was denied because there is "a genuine dispute of material fact as to the central issue in this action: whether plaintiff consented to sexual intercourse with defendants in early morning of August 27, 2013." Werly added that Rose did win a motion "to break up the punitive damages aspect of trial and to exclude/limit plaintiff's expert witnesses."
Chicago Bulls basketball player Derrick Rose will be deposed next week in Los Angeles as he defends against civil claims that he drugged and gang-raped his ex-girlfriend with two other men. Filing anonymously, Rose's former girlfriend sued him in Los Angeles County Superior Court last year. Her complaint, later transferred to federal court, includes allegations of sexual battery, battery, trespass, conspiracy, gender violence and emotional distress.
The 27-year-old NBA point guard denies the allegations and, in court papers filed on Wednesday, said his ex-girlfriend filed the lawsuit for "monetary reasons." Identified as "Jane Doe," the plaintiff filed an ex parte application to delay the trial, which is scheduled for October. Rose and his attorneys are opposed, not least because they want the case tried before the start of the new NBA season in the fall.
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