L.A. Jury Rejects Rape Claim Against Derrick Rose, Friends

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A federal jury in Los Angeles found that a woman’s rape claim against NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends was not credible, handing the men a victory in a high-stakes civil trial, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rose, 28, Randall Hampton, and Ryan Allen had been accused of breaking into the woman’s Los Angeles apartment and having sex with her when she was incapacitated from a night of drinking and, she claimed, being drugged by the men. The panel of six women and two men rejected those claims. They found unanimously that the evidence showed the woman, who had been in a relationship with Rose, consented to the late-night encounter in 2013.

A 25-year-old juror said afterward that the lack of any physical evidence to support the woman’s allegations harmed her case significantly and left jurors unable to say for certain if she was intoxicated or lucid when she had sex with the men. The fact that the woman did not have her blood or hair tested for alcohol and drugs in the wake of the alleged rape weighed heavily against her, the juror said. “She could have done a number of things to prove that this happened and she took none of those steps to prove her case.” A second juror said the woman’s testimony early in the two week trial was unconvincing. “To be completely honest, no,” the juror said, when asked if the woman had seemed credible. “It was the way she said things, it was the attitude she had about it. It felt like she was playing us.”

 

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