Getting back to playing basketball at an elite level may soon be a distant second on the priority list for Knicks point guard Derrick Rose.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed this week that there is an open criminal investigation into Rose's role in an alleged incident from August of 2013. The civil case - which alleges that Rose and his friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton broke into a women’s apartment, drugged her and raped her while she was unconscious – is set to go to trial next week.
This note is to clarify any misconception that the Los Angeles Police Department does not have a current and open criminal investigation pending that names the suspects as the defendants in the current civil case being handled by your office. When filing the crime report, the victim in this case exercised her right to confidentiality as outlined in California Penal Code section 293.5 (a). Her identity will continue to remain confidential throughout the criminal investigation being handled by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The ability to offer anonymity to victims of sex crimes is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators as well as a great comfort to victims of crimes of such a sensitive nature.
A federal judge, however, ruled last week that the alleged victim must reveal her name during the civil trial as a result of Rose’s lawyers arguing that the accuser has repeatedly spoken to the media about the case.
“Because Jane Doe and her lawyers are openly pandering to the media on a nationwide blitz tour, Ms. Doe should be precluded from using a pseudonym,” Rose’s team wrote in a court filing.
Rose maintains that the accuser is a "gold-digger."
"Civil rape cases can be just as traumatic for victims as criminal rape cases, and the consequences can be meaningful for the accused. But civil cases are not about guilt or innocence; they're about liability. Generally, that means money is on the line. In this case, Doe wants to hold Rose and his two friends liable to the tune of $21.5 million.
After the alleged events in August 2013, she initially didn't file a police report. But she reported the matter to police in August 2015, the same month she filed the civil case."