The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that there is a “current and open criminal investigation” of New York Knicks’ point guard Derrick Rose through their department on charges of rape and sexual assault. The confirmation came in the form of a letter from the department to Brandon Anand, one of the lawyers representing the victim.
Rose’s legal team has criticized the victim for remaining anonymous in her accusations. The LAPD, for their part, maintains that anonymity will be upheld.
“When filing the crime report, the victim in this case exercised her right to confidentiality as outlined in the California Penal Code section 293.5. (a),” the letter says. “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.”
The victim has accused Rose and two of his friends of sexually assaulting her while she was passed out at her home in August 2013. There have been no formal charges filed, but based on the aforementioned letter from the LAPD, the investigation is still ongoing and charges may still be brought against Rose.
Rose was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks this offseason, ending a seven-year tenure in the “Windy City.” The former league MVP and three-time All-Star is now looking to return to form after multiple knee injuries.
For his career, he has averaged 19.7 points and 6.2 assists per game.