Judge: 'Jane Doe' Not Allowed in Derrick Rose Rape Trial

Woman accusing NBA star must use her real name if case is not settled
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2016 2:44 PM CDT
Woman Accusing Derrick Rose of Rape Must Use Real Name at Trial: Judge
In this June 24, 2016, file photo, Derrick Rose speaks during a news conference for the New York Knicks to announce they acquired him from the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

A woman says NBA star Derrick Rose and two of his friends raped her three years ago, and on Tuesday, a judge ruled that she must use her name when the civil trial starts next month, Deadspin reports. The woman, so far only known as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit a year ago alleging that she started dating Rose in 2011, but she became uncomfortable with some of the things Rose wanted her to do, like having group sex and masturbating on Skype. She says that in August 2013, she was hanging out with Rose and his friends, got so drunk she passed out (her lawyer says it's possible she was drugged), and was taken to her apartment in a taxi. She says Rose, his friend, and his manager followed in another car, came in through an unlocked door, and took turns raping her in the apartment, and she woke up with used condoms around her and her legs covered in lube. Rose, 27, says the group sex was consensual and Doe allowed the men into her apartment.

Rose's team and the 30-year-old Doe's team had previously agreed that the jury would hear her name, but the judge's decision means that anyone with access to the courtroom—including reporters—will also hear it, the Washington Post reports, though the paper notes that most media organizations don't publish the names of alleged rape victims. Doe has recently been doing interviews, and she told the AP it's important to her to remain anonymous in public. Her Mexican family, which is not aware of the allegations, has "very traditional cultural expectations of me." She also says she's been harassed and fears more harassment should her name be made public. Plus, she added to the AP, "I want to share my story so women can know that they are able to come forward and remain anonymous and not to have to have the burden or the worry that their loved ones will find out." Rose's team says the woman is lying, and that by making her name public, she can be exposed as a fraud. (Read more Derrick Rose stories.)

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