Setting Things Straight

Derrick Rose’s Rape Accuser Speaks for First Time

The woman who has accused NBA star Derrick Rose of gang raping her with his friends has spoken to the media for the first time ahead of the Oct. 4 civil case over the matter. The alleged victim, who remains anonymous, dated Rose for two years before the pair had a falling out. While Rose and his attorneys have maintained that the sex was consensual, the alleged victim has accused Rose and two of his friends of breaking into her apartment after a party and raping her. She says she had “blacked out” after attending a party where she had hoped to reconcile with Rose. The couple had “ended on bad terms” after she’d refused to have group sex with Rose and his friends, she said.

During the relationship, Rose had bought her a computer so that the pair could Skype, she said, though the Skype sessions proved to be purely sexual. “He would pressure me to either do stuff like take my clothes off or show myself on camera,” she said, adding that she would often come up with excuses to avoid engaging in such acts. According to the alleged victim and her lawyers, Rose openly said he did not know what consent was during a deposition for the civil case. As for why she waited so long to report the alleged rape, she said she had desperately been trying to protect her family from any media attention over the case, and had also hoped to avoid having to identify herself as a victim. “Now I’m a victim, now I have to walk around with a ‘damaged’ label, being broken and this and that,” she said.