A spokesperson for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has denied the rape allegations made by a woman against Rose and two of his friends. TMZ first reported late Wednesday night that the woman, an ex-girlfriend of Rose, has accused the Bulls point guard and two of his friends of drugging and gang-raping her in August 2013.
Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal got a statement from Rose’s spokesperson:
The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. 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 woman alleges that Rose and two friends, Ryan Hill and Randall Hampton, invited her over to Rose’s home in Beverly Hills and drugged her with the intention of raping her. She alleges that she escaped the house and went home, but then Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang-raped her.
The Bulls released a brief “no-comment” statement on the alleged incident:
“We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
The civil complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles County, can be viewed online. There’s no criminal investigation at this time.