Derrick Rose cleared in lawsuit

Derrick Rose
LOS ANGELES (AP) –  Jurors have cleared NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter.

Neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman, but the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to do so.

Defense lawyers tarred the woman as a liar who tried to sway jurors through her tears to get at Rose’s fortune. They claimed she was angry he had dumped her and she set him up and brought the lawsuit in hopes of a big payoff.

The woman’s lawyer called the men “sexual deviants” and says they conspired to gang rape her after she was drunk and incapable of consenting to sex.

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1:05 p.m.

A federal jury in Los Angeles has reached a verdict in a lawsuit claiming Derrick Rose and two friends raped the ex-girlfriend of the NBA star.

The verdict will be read Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

The jury reached the verdict after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter.

Neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman, but the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to do so.

Defense lawyers tarred the woman as a liar who tried to sway jurors through her tears to get at Rose’s fortune. They claimed she was angry he had dumped her and she set him up and brought the lawsuit in hopes of a big payoff.

The woman’s lawyer called the men “sexual deviants” and says they conspired to gang rape her after she was drunk and incapable of consenting to sex.

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10:07 a.m.

A Los Angeles federal jury has begun deliberating in the civil rape trial against NBA star Derrick Rose.

Jurors deliberating Wednesday will determine whether Rose and two friends had sex with his ex-girlfriend when she was too incapacitated to give her consent.

The woman’s lawyer says the woman was either too drunk or had been drugged when the three men had sex with her in 2013.

Lawyers for Rose and his friends say the woman initiated and willingly participated in sex. They say she is lying to cash in on Rose’s wealth.

The woman was seeking $21.5 million when she filed suit, but her lawyer didn’t provide a specific sum for the jury.

Jurors in the case must reach a unanimous verdict.

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The rape lawsuit trial of NBA star Derrick Rose is heading to the jury.

A Los Angeles panel is scheduled to begin deliberating Wednesday in a suit that claims Rose and two friends gang-raped his ex-girlfriend in 2013 at her Los Angeles apartment after she passed out from drugs or drink.

Rose’s attorneys call the sex consensual and contend the woman is simply seeking a $21.5 million payday.

In closing arguments Tuesday, Rose’s lawyer argued that the 30-year-old woman was suing for money and for revenge because the New York Knicks point guard ended their relationship.

However, the woman’s lawyer told jurors that she was the victim of a “classic” gang rape.

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