New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose together with his friends came out of a Los Angeles court Wednesday with smiles on their faces. This after a jury cleared Rose and company of all counts in the alleged sexual assault case.
According to USA Today, Rose together with co-defendants Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen were all cleared of sexual assault. The civil suit stemmed from a complaint filed by a certain Jane Doe to the alleged incident that took place in Aug. 2013.
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However, Doe filed the complaint last Nov. 2015 insisting that Rose and his friends for allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her. Doe was seeking more than $21 million in damages ($6 million in compensatory; $15.5 million in punitive). But Rose and company refused to any settlement and opted to go to trial to prove their innocence.
The case has affected Rose as he missed several practices with the team including one preseason game due to the court proceedings. In a statement as reported by abc7.com, Rose thanked the jury for understanding and agreeing with him.
“This experience and my sensitivity to it were deep. I am ready to put this behind me and focus on my family and career,” Rose said.
In their defense, Rose and company testified that Doe was the one seeking sexual relations with all of them. They claimed that it was Doe who planned for all of them to end up at her place with suggestive text messages supporting their statements.
In their testimonies, the three defendants added that it was Doe who opened and let them to her place. Though the three did not deny they all had sex with Doe, but they claimed that she willingly consented to the act. It dismissed her claims that she got drugged or intoxicated.
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Attorney Michael Monico, the counsel for the defendants, stressed that Doe used the case to get back at Rose. Monico added that it was a personal vendetta for Doe as Rose ended their “brief” relationship.
Rose stated last week that he will not attend any of the team practice as he does not want to drag the Knicks into the case. He added that he will prove his innocence and that Doe filed the case just to extort money from them.
Now that the jury has cleared Rose, he could start focusing on his basketball career again. The Chicago Bulls traded Rose in a blockbuster transaction with the Knicks this summer to make room for a supposed rebuild.
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