Jury Finds Derrick Rose Not Liable in Gang-Rape Lawsuit
If you haven't heard yet, New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose was found not liable this week, in a civil lawsuit filed by an ex-girlfriend, who accused him and friends of gang-rape.
An eight-member jury in Los Angeles federal court deliberated on Wednesday (Oct. 19), and found that he was not responsible for the incident, which allegedly took place in Aug. 2013.
"I am thankful that the jury understood and agreed with me," Rose said in a statement to the Associated Press. "This experience and my sensitivity to it was deep. I am ready to put this behind me and focus on my family and career."
One of the two men among the eight jurors, 25-year-old Jared, told the AP that the panel tried to look at the case in the plaintiff's favor, but in the end, could not believe her and felt her tears were not genuine.
"It felt like she was playing us," Jared said. "The second her lawyer started questioning her, she would start crying. I mean, granted, that could be realistic, but I feel l'm pretty good at reading people, and I felt as if it was false."
U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wished all parties the best before ending the proceedings, but added for Rose, "Except when the Knicks play the Lakers."
Rose's ex-girlfriend claimed that he and two friends raped her in August 2013 at her Los Angeles apartment after she passed out from drugs or alcohol. While neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman, the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to do so.