The woman suing Derrick Rose and two of his friends for an alleged gang rape that took place in 2013 spoke publicly about the case for the first time. In an interview with Janie McCauley of the Associated Press that was published on Wednesday, “Jane Doe” voiced regret for the indirect strain the ongoing civil proceedings have placed on her family, who are completely unaware of the circumstances surrounding her plight.
“They have a sense something’s wrong, but there’s no way I can express to them or explain to them how I feel or what I’m going through,” the 30-year-old told the AP in Oakland, some two hours away from her Northern California home. “Having to think of alternative ways to communicate that pain is very stressful and it takes a lot out of you.”
Rose and the others accused have maintained their innocence since the suit was filed just over a year ago, insisting the sexual encounter with Doe in the early-morning hours of August 27, 2013 was consensual. The woman provided the AP with additional details of her physical and emotional state immediately following the asserted rape that cast further doubt on the claims of Rose, Randall Hampton, and Ryan Allen.
“As soon as I woke up, I was dressed, I had my dress on from the previous night and I never go to sleep with what I’m wearing. I always prepare myself first to go to sleep,” she said. “So I had the dress and it was up on my neck and I felt very wet and slippery. There was lubricant all over my bed and on my legs. Everything was tossed in my bed. There was a condom wrapper and a closed one not used.”
“That was just shocking to see all that,” she continued, “almost like I didn’t want to believe it.”
Doe, who both sides agree began a non-exclusive sexual relationship with the New York Knicks point guard in 2011, is reportedly seeking $21.5 million in punitive and compensatory damages from her alleged rapists. When reached by the AP, Rose’s attorney, Mark Baute, said the plaintiff’s interview is further indication of her ulterior motives and his client’s innocence.
“The salacious allegations of a woman who is now on a media tour — who also claims to not remember much from that night — do not change what transpired that evening, which was consensual intercourse between Mr. Rose and the plaintiff,” he wrote in a statement.