LOS ANGELES (CN) – A spokeswoman for Chicago Bulls basketball player Derrick Rose has responded to “outrageous” claims that the point guard drugged and gang-raped his then-girlfriend with two other men.
Filing anonymously, Rose’s former girlfriend filed a civil complaint against Rose in LA Superior Court on Wednesday. Her claims include sexual battery, battery, trespass, conspiracy, gender violence and emotional distress.
Jane Doe says she began dating Rose, who she describes as “reserved, quiet, and shy” in 2011 and that their relationship intensified in the 2011-2012 basketball season when Rose was out injured.
The 25-page suit claims the NBA star, his assistant and best friend Randall Hampton and assistant Ryan Allen raped the plaintiff in 2013 after she drank tequila spiked with an unknown drug at a Beverly Hills residence where Rose was staying.
Hampton and Ryan are also named defendants in Doe’s complaint.
“After approximately two years of dating, Rose asked plaintiff to have sex with Rose and Hampton at the same time. Plaintiff refused. Approximately two months later, defendants drugged plaintiff at defendant’s residence, and, after plaintiff’s friend helped her get home safely in a cab, defendants trespassed in to plaintiff’s apartment while plaintiff was asleep and each sexually assaulted and raped her,” the complaint states.
Doe says she did not file a criminal complaint after the alleged Aug. 27, 2013 ordeal at her downtown apartment because she felt ashamed and embarrassed.
One month later, Allen called her to tell her he did not know she had been drugged and “‘thought she had wanted it’,” according to the complaint.
“Allen further stated that ‘this is what they do all the time, especially when they are in LA; the girls in LA ask them to have group sex with them because they recognize them as NBA players,'” the complaint states.
Doe says she feared retaliation and “was reluctant to report the rape because of her relationship with Rose.”
“She also, perhaps innocently, felt that he was guided by his desire to impress his friends and did not wish jail time for him,” the complaint states.
Rose’s legal representative Lisa Cohen called the lawsuit “outrageous” and the allegations “completely false and without any factual basis.”
“This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars,” Cohen said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.
“This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter,” Cohen added. “Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated.”
Doe seeks compensatory damages including consequential damages, lost wages, earnings and a money judgment for mental pain and anguish and severe emotional distress. She is also demanding punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.
She is represented by Brandon Anand of Anand Law. The attorney did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on Thursday.
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