New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose and his lawyers want to know the real identity of “Jane Doe”, Rose’s rape case accuser. Rose’s camp called it as a media strategy eyeing to influence the jury’s decision with the case.
“Jane Doe”, the woman who accused Derrick Rose and his two friends, revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was passed out. Rose admitted that he and his two friends drove to the accuser’s Southern California home in the early-morning hours of Aug. 27, 2013.
Derrick Rose will be facing a $21.5 million lawsuit case on October 04, 2016, which could coincide with the start of the 2016-17 NBA season. According to New York Post, Rose’s lawyers want the judge to reveal the true identity of the woman referred as “Jane Doe”.
Rose’s attorney wants to expose her name in public, believing it will help prove that she was a fraud. So far, the judge has not made a decision regarding their request but he first agreed to keep “Jane Doe’s” identity a secret.
Derrick Rose and his camp believed that the accuser’s media strategy may affect Rose’s right to a fair and impartial trial.
“This is not a rape case. It’s pure and simple extortion by a plaintiff who wants to hide behind the cloak of anonymity while seeking millions in damages from a celebrity with whom she was in a long-term, non-exclusive consensual sexual relationship,” Rose’s lawyers wrote in a court filing in Los Angeles, where the case is in U.S. District Court.
“Jane Doe” revealed that her family does not know anything about what she was going through. She wanted to protect the privacy of her Mexican immigrant parents, siblings, and other relatives. In the nearing trial, the attention of the media on her is expected to be more intense.
If the trial proceeds on October 4, Derrick Rose will be missing at least two preseason games and multiple practices which are very important on his first stint with the Knicks. If Rose is proven guilty, it could damage his reputation and marketability.
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