Derrick Rose Rape Accuser Must Reveal Identity During Civil Trial, Judge Rules

On Tuesday a Los Angeles federal judge ruled that the 30-year-old California woman, who has accused Derrick Rose of rape, couldn’t maintain her anonymity during the civil trial.

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls in 2015
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls in 2015 Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The woman accusing Derrick Rose of rape will have to reveal her name during an upcoming civil trial, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled Tuesday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, because the case is a civil trial and not a criminal case, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald noted that there were strict rules that he planned to follow, including having an open courtroom in which the woman’s name would be used. He noted that if publications chose not to use the woman’s name, then that was a journalistic decision.

Rose’s attorney cited a recent interview the woman gave to the Associated Press in which her identity was not disclosed but she “bashed” the New York Knicks guard to argue that she forfeited her anonymity. The woman, who says that her family does not know of the alleged incident, is seeking $21.5 million.

Rose’s accuser claims that in August 2013 she was in her home, passed out, after a night of drinking at Rose’s home. She claims that Rose and two friends entered her apartment through an unlocked door and raped her. She claims that when she awoke the next morning, her dress was over her head and a used condom was on the floor of her bedroom, the Tribune reports.

“I felt just dirty,” she told AP in the interview. “Like I didn’t want to believe it was true.”

Rose’s lawyers contend that on the night in question, the woman opened the door for Rose and his two friends, she was alert and the sex was consensual.

The Tribune notes that no criminal charges have been filed against Rose.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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