Last year, we reported that NBA player Derrick Rose had been accused of raping a woman who was identified as his girlfriend…ex-girlfriend. Perhaps the word girlfriend is, perhaps, a bit of a stretch. The two merely had a consensual, sexual relationship from 2011-2013.
But when things ended, they ended very badly. The woman accused Rose and his two friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, Rose’s manager, of raping her.
In 2015, the woman, who goes by the name Jane Doe in an attempt to protect her identity, claimed that the men slipped a drug into her drink. She was able to get home but the three men broke into her home and gang raped her. The woman claims that she only remembers flashes of the assault.
She claims that on August 27, 2013 she drank so much that she vomited and later blacked out. Rose and his defense team claim that the woman willingly let them into her apartment.
While she doesn’t remember the incident itself, she does recall waking up the next morning.
“As soon as I woke up, I was dressed, I had my dress on from the previous night and I never go to sleep with what I’m wearing. I always prepare myself first to go to sleep,” the women said during the interview in Oakland, a couple of hours from where she grew up in Northern California. “So I had the dress and it was up on my neck and I felt very wet and slippery. There was lubricant all over my bed and on my legs. Everything was tossed in my bed. There was a condom wrapper and a closed one not used.
“That was just shocking to see all that, almost like I didn’t want to believe it.”
Rose’s attorneys argued that the woman’s roommate was home the entire night and never suggested she was concerned for her friend. Rose also says that he had no idea the woman was drunk. His attorneys claim that hours after the alleged rape, she bragged about having sex with Rose.
Recently, in an interview with the Associated Press, the woman spoke out for the first time. Doe, a 30-year-old college student of Mexican-American heritage said her family knows nothing about her previous relationship with Rose or the $21.5 million lawsuit she’s filed against him.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Rose’s attorneys want her name to be made public. They believe it will help expose her as a fraud. A judge agreed that at this point her identity can be kept secret. There is a hearing scheduled for this Monday that could change that though.
Rose’s lawyers wrote: “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, nonexclusive consensual sexual relationship,”
The trial is scheduled to start on October 4, which just so happens to be the basketball player’s 28 birthday.
So far, no charges have been filed against Rose. The incident was reported two years after it allegedly happened and so far no evidence has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office.
While the woman claims that she remembers nothing, Rose side that after intercourse, she cleaned up her room. Doe says that afterward, she went to the shower. “I just felt dirty, “Like I didn’t want to believe it was true.”
Rose’s attorneys believe that she only went to police after she “failed at multiple attempts to get money from Mr. Rose.”
Doe claims that she didn’t tell authorities because she was in no condition to speak to the police or seek treatment. She alleges that a coworker did know about the alleged rape and suggested she go the authorities and get a lawyer.
Doe says, “I didn’t want to tell anyone what happened. I didn’t want nobody to know. I wanted to erase the fact that I woke up the way I did. I only told him because it was almost necessary for me the way I walked in. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to do the job for that day.”
She is also concerned that if her conservative family learns the truth, they would be devastated.
“They already have very traditional cultural expectations of me.”
She claimed that she wants her story to serve as an inspiration to other women who may need to come forward.
“I want to share my story so women can know that they are able to come forward and remain anonymous and not to have to have the burden or the worry that their loved ones will find out.”
Doe said this whole experience has taught her to understand the plight of women and value her family more.
“…everything I had fought for was kind of the reason I had been in this situation, because I wanted to be so independent and prove myself to my family.”
“It made me understand why women feel the need to have someone by their side that is able to protect them and able to keep them safe,” she said. “… Now, I just want to be closer to home.”