Derrick Rose Cleared by Jury in Civil Trial: Latest Details, Comments and More

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

New York Knicks basketball player Derrick Rose arrives at U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. A six-woman, two-man jury has been seated in the trial of a civil lawsuit brought against Derrick Rose by an ex-girlfriend who alleges the NBA star and two of his friends drugged and sexually assaulted her. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges after being accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit.

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Rose's Accuser May Appeal 

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Charges against Rose and his co-defendants have been dismissed, per Julia Marsh of the New York Post

The accuser is contemplating an appeal, according to Marsh, adding she was "devastated" by the verdict. "I think it's a shame for women to think it's a shame for this country that a celeb can come to court and slur shame a woman like," said the accuser's lawyer, Waukeen McCoy.

After a verdict was made, Rose was seen taking photos with jurors, via Joel Rubin of the Los Angeles Times


Accuser Looking to Block Testimony of Former Coworker

Monday, Oct. 17

Marsh reported Rose's accuser wants to block Rose's legal team from using testimony from an ex-coworker that states her claim is "false and financially motivated."

Marsh's report also states that Keyana LaVergne's deposition states that the accuser "came into work just hours after the alleged rape and 'didn’t seem battered. She didn’t seem off.'"

“She was at work behaving normally,” LaVergne testified, according to Marsh.


Former Friend of Accuser Testifies 

Friday, Oct. 14 

Marsh reported a former friend of the accuser referred to her as a "greedy pathological liar" on the witness stand.


Rose to Be Away from Knicks Until Trial Concludes

Friday, Oct. 14

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters the Knicks expect Rose back sometime early next week. 

On Oct. 12, Hornacek announced Rose will not return to the team until the trial is over, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

A judge told prospective jurors on Oct. 4 that the trial is expected to last for eight days and will likely end Oct. 14, per Nancy Dillon of the New York Daily News.


Lawyer Seeking Mistrial

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Dillon reported that there will be no mistrial, but Judge Michael Fitzgerald did find that the plaintiff "failed in her obligation to respond fully to evidence requests." Fitzgerald said he will talk to the jury about the matter and offered Rose's lawyers more time to question his accuser under oath, according to Dillon.

On Tuesday, Marsh reported that the judge in the case was "seriously considering" awarding a mistrial.

"Let me be very blunt with you. You have been very careless with these exhibits," Fitzgerald said, according to Marsh. However, Fitzgerald said he was "hesitant" to call off the trial because the NBA season starts on Oct. 25 and the jury has already spent a week with the case.

On Oct. 7, Rose's attorney, Mark Baute, asked the judge for a mistrial because "the woman who filed suit had failed to turn over a profane text message from the morning of the alleged incident in 2013," per the Associated Press (via the Washington Post).


Rose's Direct Examination Complete

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Marsh provided a summary of what Rose said during his direct examination:

According to Marsh, Rose attributed inconsistencies in his testimony to being blinded by the accuser's beauty.

"I was just more caught up with her beauty when I entered the room to be honest," Rose said. "I walked over to the bed. She grabbed me, started playing with my penis a little bit. Of course I got hard."

Rose also said he was nervous when he testified that he didn't understand what consent meant during his deposition.


Rose Testifies on Alleged Assault

Friday, Oct. 7

"She came into the room and started to try to grab me, started to try to kiss me, and that's something I'm not used to," Rose said, per Dillon and Rich Schapiro of the New York Daily News. "I just don't like being forced into the issue."

"She grabbed me. Nothing I could say," Rose testified, per Dillon and Schapiro. "She just started oral sex."

"I'm sensitive to it," Rose added, per the Associated Press (via Fox Sports). "I feel I didn't do anything wrong."


Rose Accuser Details Alleged Assault

Friday, Oct. 7

Rose's accuser took the stand Thursday and discussed the alleged incident, per Brian Melley of the Associated Press:

"I've never felt like that before," the 30-year-old said. "I just felt I was less in control, more goofy."

As she began to connect a night of drinking at Rose's place on Aug. 26, 2013, with the disputed incident early the next morning at her apartment, she took a long pause in her testimony and wept quietly, hiding her face behind a computer screen at the witness stand.
Defense lawyer Michael Monico complained during a break that they couldn't have her "crying all day" and suggested the judge issue a "no crying" order.

"I'm not going to order the witness not to cry any more than I'm going to order her not to breathe," U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said.

During the cross-examination, Rose's lawyers presented text messages from the accuser, such as "I need a very wealthy man. We should go find one," per ESPN.com.

The accuser said she sued Rose to hold him accountable for his actions and denied money was a motive behind the lawsuit, according to ESPN.com.

Describing a visit to see Rose at a hotel, she said, "I dropped weed off for Derrick. I don’t recall who else was there," per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.


Rose Comments on Potential Settlement

Tuesday, Oct. 4

"I haven't heard any of that yet," Rose said, per Berman and Marsh of the New York Post. "That's one of the reasons why I wanted to take it to court because I didn't want to settle. I still haven't heard anything yet. I'll see [Wednesday]."


Rose to Balance Trial Schedule and Practice

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Per Al Iannazzone of Newsday, Rose said he will fly to Los Angeles for the trial Wednesday. Berman added that Rose believes he "may have to miss a practice or two."

According to Berman and Marsh, Rose's former girlfriend is seeking $21.5 million in damages after alleging she was raped by Rose and his friends while she was unconscious in 2013.

New York will open its 2016-17 regular-season slate Oct. 25 against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and Rose is expected to make his first career start for the team at point guard.

    

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