After 3 hours of deliberation, the jury in the Derrick Rose case cleared the Knicks’ point guard on all counts in a high-profile civil rape trial. His co-defendants, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, also were cleared by the jury.
This means Rose will pay nothing to the woman who brought the lawsuit. This was a civil trial only, not a criminal one — there was no potential jail time involved. The Los Angeles Police Department does have an open investigation into the case.
The unnamed woman was seeking more than $21 million in damages ($6 million in compensatory; $15.5 million in punitive), and Rose chose not to settle, electing to go through with a trial that started Oct. 4.
In the complaint filed on Nov. 15, 2015, the woman alleged the “defendants drugged Plaintiff at Defendant’s residence, and, after Plaintiff’s friend helped her get home safely in a cab, Defendants trespassed in to Plaintiff’s apartment while Plaintiff was asleep and each sexually assaulted and raped her.”
Rose and and the women were in an an open relationship for two years, but it ended months before the alleged rape. Both sides agreed that on the night of the alleged incident, Rose invited her and a friend to his Beverly Hills home, where they consumed alcohol with Allen and Hampton and the NBA player himself. Both sides also agreed that sex occurred on the night in question.
The woman, however, contended that she was intoxicated and drifted in and out of consciousness. She claimed suspicion she had been drugged.
Once the trial ended yesterday, people were amazed at how the jurors posed with Rose, and even the comments made by the judge:
— Joel Rubin (@joelrubin) October 19, 2016
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) October 19, 2016
Makes you wonder if his celebrity status was more important than the woman’s claims.