Remember the “unspecified damages” Derrick Rose’s accuser was seeking for Rose allegedly sexually assaulting her? Well, it appears that she’s suing for $21.5 million.
In court documents filed Monday, the attorney for the accuser, who is referred to as “Jane Doe,” seeks $15.5 million in punitive damages plus $6 million in compensatory damages. The attorney, Brandon Anand, also asked the court to award the woman $3,420 in attorney’s fees, reports the Chicago Tribune.
As previously reported, Rose is being accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman (his ex-girlfriend) at her L.A. apartment in 2013, after breaking into her residence while she was incapacitated. He was joined by several friends, who also allegedly took part in the sexual offense.
Shortly after, Rose released a statement of his own, detailing his version of events on that night in 2013, claiming the alleged victim “consented to sexual interaction with more than one co-defendant on more than one occasion, consented to sexual interactions on the day in question, and invited the defendants to her apartment and buzzed them in.” The Chicago Bulls point guard also claimed his accuser was angry that he wouldn’t reimburse her for sex toys that were damaged on the night in question.
“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.” said Rose’s legal team in a statement of their own. Fortunately for both parties, it appears that the court is moving along quickly with the suit, as attorneys for both sides met Oct. 19 to discuss the case and exchange information by Nov. 2. There’s a new court date set for Dec. 7 in federal court.