On Friday in Los Angeles, Derrick Rose took the stand in the civil rape trial brought by his ex-girlfriend. His ex, the anonymous Jane Doe, had broken down in tears when she testified earlier in the week about what happened, and now it was Rose’s turn to explain how he –and his two childhood friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton — had been given consent to have sex with her on the night in question.
Despite his attempts to clear his name, Rose’s testimony on Friday will do little to repair the damage the civil case has done to his persona in the eyes of the public, especially when considering how his defense team has publicly shamed her in the lead-up to the case. Here’s what went down, by way of the Associated Press:
It started with a morning text message from the woman saying Rose was the reason she “wakes up horny,” including a photo of herself in her nightshirt and continued with other texts about sex throughout the day.
Rose said Friday he surmised that those “horny” text had triggered consent from that point on, and that was only reinforced for him by their sexual history, sex acts she engaged in with him and his personal assistant that night at his house and an invite hours later to her apartment.
“I was assuming that all of us going over there that she wanted to have sex with all of us,” Rose testified in a matter-a-fact demeanor.
Rose’s account stood in stark contrast to the blurry night Jane Doe remembered in her own day-and-a-half testimony earlier in the week. The Knicks’ new point guard was called to the stand as a hostile witness by the accuser’s lawyer on Friday in an attempt to authenticate that he was never given consent for the group sex that took place in her bedroom later on the night in question.