After yesterday's shocking news that NBA star Derrick Rose is being accused of drugging and gang-raping a woman he was in a two year relationship (of sorts) with, folks have been waiting for Derrick's side of the story. Get it inside...
Chicago native Derrick Rose is in some majorly hot water that won't be so easy to climb out of it seems. The Bulls' star point guard, along with two of his friends, have been accused in a lawsuit of allegedly drugging and gang-raping an unnamed woman.
Now that the internet has been completely taken aback by the details, Derrick is defending himself via a rep for his legal team.
In a statement released in the wee hours of the morning, a few hours after the lawsuit hit the net, Lisa Cohen said the allegations are completely false. It's also revealed this isn't the first time the plaintiff has made the accusations, and Derrick's team feels this is a shakedown for money.
Here's the statement in full:
"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.”
MANY people commenting on the story have questioned why the plaintiff waited to years to file this lawsuit, and it seems as though it's possible she started the process with two previous lawyers before this most recent lawsuit. It's also important to note that statistically, it's not completely out of the ordinary for an alleged rape victim to wait a significant amount of time before coming forward due to psychological and emotional issues at hand.
And then there's this: According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), only 2 percent of rapes in the U.S. end in a felony conviction. This may also give some insight into why many rapes go unreported or are delayed in being reported.
With all that said, it will be almost impossible, without hard proof or an admission, to determine with 100% confidence which party is telling the truth. We'll keep you updated on any developments.