Los Angeles jury rejects lawsuit accusing NBA star Rose of rape

Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:36pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - National Basketball Association star Derrick Rose was cleared by a federal court jury on Wednesday of accusations in a $21.5 million civil lawsuit that he and two friends drugged and gang-raped his former girlfriend in 2013.

The predominantly white jury of six women and two men deliberated for about three hours before unanimously rejecting the allegations against the 28-year-old, three-time NBA All-Star guard and his two co-defendants, all of whom are black.

"The system worked," Rose's lawyer, Mark Baute, told reporters outside the courthouse, adding that "media reporting in this case was biased against a black man." He did not elaborate.

Baute has said the lawsuit amounted to bid to extract money from his client in retaliation for Rose having broken off their relationship by text message in 2013. The lawsuit sought $21.5 million in damages.

Two jurors told reporters after the verdict that they found Rose's accuser, identified publicly only as Jane Doe, lacked credibility on the witness stand.

"It was the way she said things," one juror, a man identifying himself only as Jared, said. "It felt like she was playing us."

Rose said after the court session that he was relieved but declined to answer questions.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case, though the Los Angeles Police Department has said the allegations remained under investigation.   Continued...

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose addresses the media during the New York Knicks Media Day at Ritz-Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports