The lawsuit filed against Derrick Rose, accusing him of drugging and gang raping an ex-girlfriend, provides more details about what the woman says happened that night in Los Angeles. The complaint actually names 13 defendants—Rose and his friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, and 10 unnamed “John Does”—and lists nine causes of action, including sexual battery, battery, and trespassing.
Rose’s lawyer has responded, calling the lawsuit “a desperate attempt to shake down” the basketball player and “completely false and without any factual basis.”
The woman says she and Rose met in October 2011 at a Los Angeles party hosted by mutual friends and eventually started an “intimate relationship.” Before the alleged rape, she claimed Rose began asking her to do sexual acts that made her uncomfortable. She says he asked her to masturbate on Skype; she said no and stopped Skypeing with him. He asked her to “involve others in their sex life, in particular strippers and other couples,” the complaint said. In late 2012, she learned that Rose had a girlfriend back in Chicago, but she stayed in the relationship with him.
The complaint then goes into detail about two particular incidents with Rose. In the first, she took a trip to see him in Chicago in May 2013 and brought along her friend who also is a sex therapist “to help Jane [Doe, the plaintiff] become more comfortable with sex and especially oral sex as Rose had requested but never received oral sex from Jane.” The friend, called A. in the complaint, at some point started stroking Rose’s penis.
A. encouraged Jane to take over stroking Rose, and then Rose in turn instructed Jane and A. to stroke each other. A. and Jane were both offended by that suggestion, and Jane indicated that she would “never touch another woman like that,” while A. indicated that “it was a complete turn-off for her.”
During that trip, the woman also believes she caught Rose and A. after they had kissed, and learned about Rose’s child. She says decided to break it off, but still saw him again, on Aug. 26, 2013. The woman went with a friend to a home in Beverly Hills, where she claims the defendants put a drug in her drink. Her friend, called C. in the complaint, was not drugged. Here is how the complaint describes what followed:
The next day, she went to work where a coworker told her to call the police. She says she didn’t because she felt ashamed and embarrassed. She didn’t want her family to find out, the complaint says, and she was afraid of retribution from the men involved. She says eventually lost her job “because her productivity was severely affected by the rapes and she was unable to perform as she did before.”
Rose’s lawyer, Lisa Cohen, issued the following statement on the lawsuit.
The plaintiff’s allegations are 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. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. 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. This lawsuit is outrageous.
The full complaint is below.
Update (9:30 p.m.): Rose also has released a statement, saying: “I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season. I am not going to comment other than to say—I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”