Derrick Rose Issues Statement Denying Allegations Of Sexual Assault

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Derrick Rose is denying allegations that he drugged and gang-raped an ex-girlfriend in August 2013

“I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season,” Rose said in the statement to USA TODAY Sports. “I am not going to comment other than to say — I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

Rose’s accuser, who is identified as Jane Doe, says she dated the Chicago Bulls guard from 2011 to 2013. She claims Rose and two friends put a drug in her drink and intended on raping her at his house, but she managed to escape. However, she alleges Rose and his friends later broke into her apartment and raped her, according to a TMZ report.

Lisa Cohen, who is a spokesperson for Rose, denied these claims.

“The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis,” Cohen said in a statement. “This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete.  Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years.

“The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago.

“We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous.”

The Bulls also commented on the situation Wednesday night.

“We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts,” the Bulls said in the statement. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Thumbnail photo via Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports Images

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