NBA star Derrick Rose testified Friday in a lawsuit accusing him and two friends of raping his ex-girlfriend, saying he interpreted a text message from the woman as consent to have sex with her later that night.
The New York Knicks player testified Friday in the $21.5m million lawsuit accusing him and two friends of sexual assault. The suit claims that the three men came to her apartment after an evening of drinking at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion, and raped her while she was incapacitated.
Called to the witness stand by a lawyer for the woman, Rose said they were split up when she texted him in August 2013 that he was the reason she “wakes up horny”.
Rose said he invited her over that night for drinks and expected sex would be involved. Attorney Waukeen McCoy asked Rose if he had specifically texted her to say he wanted to have sex. Rose said he did not.
Rose said the woman came to his Beverly Hills that evening, had a shot of tequila and began coming on to him. He said he rebuffed her and thought she was being too aggressive before one of his friends took her out of the room.
Rose said he later walked outside and saw his friend having sex with the woman, who pulled Rose over to join them.
After a short time, he returned to his room, Rose said.
McCoy also suggested Rose had no remorse about that night.
“I’m sensitive to it,” Rose replied, but added, “I feel I didn’t do anything wrong.”
No criminal charges have been filed against Rose or the other men, but Los Angeles police continued to investigate.
Earlier on Friday, the woman was under a second day of tough cross-examination, where the defense suggested she had sued for money.
“I didn’t wish him any harm, I wanted him to be accountable,” she said, denying she did it for money.
Defense lawyers pressed her to explain why the lawsuit was seeking $21.5m and how her first text messages to Rose after the incident were about being reimbursed for cab fare and a “sex belt” she had given him.
Like many of her answers over two days, many responses were vague, though she eventually said she brought up the money to get Rose to respond to her.
Lawyers for Rose presented text messages from the woman to a friend at a time when she was unemployed.
“I need a very wealthy man. We should go find one,” stated one text read by Mark Baute, Rose’s defense lawyer.
Baute also said that the woman sent a text to a roommate saying that since she had filed suit they would return their TV and upgrade to a plasma screen.
Rose, 28, and his friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton have denied the accusations in the lawsuit and claimed the woman willingly had sex with all three of them.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman because it generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.