A potentially huge development in the civil sexual-assault case against Derrick Rose came down on Tuesday, when a judge ruled that the woman accusing him and two friends of gang rape in 2013 — who to this point has been going by “Jane Doe” in court filings — must reveal her identity at the October 4 trial. There’s been speculation that this ruling would make it more likely the two sides could settle before trial. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to the New York Post, the woman is prepared to move forward with the trial despite having to reveal her name.
In a ruling Tuesday, a Los Angeles federal judge said the woman accusing new Knicks guard Derrick Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous if she wants to proceed with her civil case — and her lawyers said she is not dropping the suit.
“She’s prepared to go to trial,” the woman’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy told The Post.
“We warned her early on,” the lawyer said, that she might have to be outed in order to proceed.
McCoy said his client, a 30-year-old student who once dated Rose, will be identified on the first day of trial, Oct. 4.
Rose’s team has been pushing for his accuser to reveal her name, saying that her anonymity has given her the ability to do various interviews and tilt public perception against Rose. The woman says that she wants to remain anonymous in part because her family doesn’t know about the case.
There’s still a chance the two sides could settle out of court. But for now, it appears the trial will move forward.
(Via New York Post)