*Derrick Rose is taking an active stance against an ex-girlfriend who accused him and two of his friends of allegedly drugging and gang-raping her.
The Chicago Bulls point guard issued a statement addressing the situation with the unnamed woman hours after the woman’s lawsuit surfaced online. According to the statement, Rose mentioned that the suit was completely false and an attempt to shake him down for money.
The following is Rose’s full statement, as delivered by his lawyer Lisa Cohen on Thursday:
“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 statement comes one day after news of the woman’s lawsuit against Rose surfaced.
TheYBF notes the fact that while folks may question the woman for waiting years before filing her lawsuit against Rose, it is possible she may have “she started the process with two previous lawyers before this most recent lawsuit.” The site goes on to reference the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) as well as psychological and emotional issues that result in a good bit of time going by before alleged rape victims come out against the person they feel raped them.
According to the foundation, only 2 percent of rapes in the U.S. end in a felony conviction.